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By Janice J. Gabbert

Antigonus Gonatas assumed the name King of Macedonia in 283 BC; he grew to become the undisputed ruler of Macedonia in 276 BC and reigned for greater than 40 years. Blunt, sincere and tenacious, Antigonus gained not just Macedonia, but additionally its humans. Pragmatic and infrequently ruthless, he was once a well-educated guy with a willing curiosity in philosophy. He amassed approximately him poets, philosophers and historians; his lengthy reign, regardless of vicissitudes, re-established Macedonia as a country. Janice J. Gabbert portrays the eventful lifetime of this enigmatic king in a full of life and fascinating demeanour. Her objective is to track the political occupation of a guy approximately whose existence nearly no respectable files live on. considering the newest epigraphical facts, the writer brings to lifestyles a desirable political determine. this is often the 1st research solely dedicated to Antigonus for over 80 years, and crucial studying for these attracted to the background of the Successors of Alexander.

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There may well have been many other cities in which Antigonus exercised 42 GREEK HEGEMONY considerable influence, which caused no notice to be made in later sources. Antigonus was able to work with a confederation of autonomous cities quite as easily as with tyrants, if it suited his interests. The best example of this is the Aetolian League. Throughout the long reign of Antigonus, there is no record of any hostility on the part of Aetolia, and there were certainly opportunities. 1) as allies of Antigonus in the struggle with Ptolemy Ceraunus.

Pyrr. 6). Since the date of death of Craterus is unknown, it is even possible that Ameinias was in a significant position of command at Corinth after the death of Craterus. Craterus is last mentioned in the sources when he led an unsuccessful rescue force to Elis c. 31 Craterus’ son Alexander also held the position as commander at Corinth c. 252 BC, when he revolted from Antigonus and declared himself an independent king. 32 It is much more likely that he simply had partners in crime, that here was a conspiracy of three garrison commanders to rebel from Antigonus.

This is equally true of a land battle, of course, but the effect is often greater for a naval battle because the economic and human losses are higher, and there are fewer eyewitnesses and the magnitude of the victory or defeat is easily exaggerated. Ptolemy was the disturber of the status quo in the Chremonidean War.

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