Antigonus II Gonatas: A Political Biography by Janice J. Gabbert

By Janice J. Gabbert

Antigonus Gonatas assumed the identify King of Macedonia in 283 BC; he turned the undisputed ruler of Macedonia in 276 BC and reigned for greater than 40 years. Blunt, sincere and tenacious, Antigonus received not just Macedonia, but in addition its humans. Pragmatic and sometimes ruthless, he was once a well-educated guy with a prepared curiosity in philosophy. He accrued 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 interesting demeanour. Her objective is to track the political profession of a guy approximately whose existence virtually no legit files continue to exist. taking into consideration the latest epigraphical proof, the writer brings to existence a desirable political determine. this is often the 1st examine completely dedicated to Antigonus for over 80 years, and crucial studying for these drawn to the background of the Successors of Alexander.

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24). Even Polybius, a source generally hostile to Antigonus, did not approve of a sneak attack in peacetime and considered the event shameful (Polyb. 9). The news was no doubt very disconcerting to Antigonus, if for no other reason than that he had lost something which he had held for so long. As a practical matter, however, it seems not to have affected his position in Greece because of the strength of the rest of the system. The city of Troezen not far from Corinth would have been a likely place for the installation of an Antigonid garrison.

While Demetrius was still alive—although a prisoner of Seleucus— Pyrrhus caused some problems for Antigonus by an invasion of Thessaly and an attempt to dislodge the Antigonid garrisons from some Greek cities. We do not know the details but these efforts met with little success. The real enemy of Pyrrhus was Lysimachus, who successfully drove him out of his half of Macedonia (Plut. Pyrr. 12). Lysimachus was also the chief enemy of Antigonus. Not only was he currently ruling the Macedonia to which Antigonus laid claim, but it was Lysimachus, after all, who had offered to pay Seleucus handsomely to kill Demetrius rather than maintain him as a prisoner.

II2, 774); the details are not preserved on the broken stone but it is clear that there was some military engagement and that Aristomachus went so far as to furnish Athens with money from his own resources to enable Athens to preserve its independence. Argos was important enough for Antigonus to ensure his personal involvement when necessary. In addition to the rescue mission in 272, Antigonus seems to have been involved in a series 41 GREEK HEGEMONY of assassination attempts against Aratus of Sicyon—this in return for attempts by Aratus on the life of Aristippus.

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