Monthly Archives: December 2013

ARMIES OF THE MACEDONIAN SUCCESSOR STATES: THE ANTIGONIDS

Of all the Successors of Alexander the Great none came closer to reuniting his empire than Antigonus  Monophthalmus  (“One Eyed”) and his son Demetrius Poliorketes (“the Besieger”). For a brief time (circa 315 BC) Antigonas controlled all of Alexander’s Asian … Continue reading

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ARMIES OF THE MACEDONIAN SUCCESSOR STATES: THE PTOLEMIES

When Alexander died in Babylon in 323BC, the Macedonian leadership reassigned the Satrapies (governorships) of the empire.  Ptolemy son of Lagos, Alexander’s childhood friend and one of the inner circle of “Bodyguards” and generals, was appointed Satrap of Egypt. Ptolemy … Continue reading

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ARMIES OF THE MACEDONIAN SUCCESSOR STATES: THE SELEUCIDS

Of the empires created from out of the Wars of the Diadochi, none started on firmer military footing than that founded by Seleucus Nicator (“the Victorius”; or, alternately, “the Conqueror”). At the time of his murder in 281 BC, Seleucus command … Continue reading

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