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Dr James Mullen

Dr James Mullen

26 March 2021

Project title

The Royal Hunts of Alexander the Great: Engaging with Local Traditions of Kingship Throughout his Empire



Dr James Mullen

Project description

My thesis considered the role of the royal hunt as a means for Alexander to engage with the varied traditions of kingship and royal ideology throughout his empire. This offers a new approach to Alexander studies which traditionally focus on the king's attempts to legitimate his rule in the eyes of the Persian nobility.

I traced an evolution in Alexander’s royal hunts as he progressed through Asia. These developments began before the adoption of Achaemenid court ceremonial and indicate a broader strategy of appealing to local traditions of aristocratic virtue and royal legitimacy throughout his conquests. I argued that this demonstrates a deliberate strategy of using the hunt to legitimate his position as king simultaneously within established political frameworks of Macedonian, Greek, Persian and wider Near Eastern tradition.

Conference papers

God, King and the Land: The Relationship between Neo-Assyrian Kings, their subjects and the God Aššur, paper delivered at Newcastle University Postgraduate Forum Conference (2016)


Beyond Persianization: The Adoption of Near Eastern Traditions by Alexander the Great (Brill, 2018)


  • BA (Hons) Ancient History (first), Newcastle University
  • MA Ancient History (distinction), Newcastle University