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By Richard A. Billows

Referred to as through Plutarch ''the oldest and maximum of Alexander's successors,'' Antigonos the One-Eyed (382-301 BC) used to be the dominant determine in the course of the first 1/2 the Diadoch interval, ruling many of the Asian territory conquered via the Macedonians in the course of his ultimate two decades. Billows presents the 1st designated learn of this nice common and administrator, constructing him as a key contributor to the Hellenistic monarchy and country. After a winning occupation below Philip and Alexander, Antigonos rose to energy over the Asian component of Alexander's conquests. Embittered by way of the continual hostility of these who managed the ecu and Egyptian elements of the empire, he attempted to cast off those competitors, an ambition which resulted in his ultimate defeat in 301. In a corrective to the normal causes of his goals, Billows exhibits that Antigonos used to be scarcely stimulated by way of Alexander, trying to rule West Asia and the Aegean, instead of the total of Alexander's Empire.

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The fleet, decked with victory garlands and the prows of the destroyed enemy ships, was despatched to Phoenicia to eliminate the fleet being raised by Eumenes. The journey down the coast of Asia Minor served the additional purpose of advertising Antigonos's victory. Eumenes had already sent his fleet north under the command of Sosigenes, who had with him a large sum of money. The two fleets met near Rhosos in Kilikia, but no battle was fought: when the Phoenicians saw the ornaments of victory on Antigonos's fleet they changed sides at once, taking the money with them.

In this Philotas was very nearly successful, but Eumenes was apprised of the wavering of his most important Macedonian troops in time to intervene and improve his position (Diod. XVIII 62, 3–63, 5). The subsequent fate of Philotas is not recorded. Eumenes now decided to move out of Kilikia. In spring 317 he marched into Phoenicia, which Ptolemy seems not to have attempted to defend, and began to raise a naval force on behalf of Polyperchon, who wished to win command of the sea (Diod. XVIII 63, 6).

XIX 11,2–3; Justin XIV 5,1–10). Olympias had the unlucky king and his misguided wife assassinated, Philippos Arrhidaios having occupied the throne for six years and four months (Diod. XIX 11,5), which places the assassination in about October of 317. Olympias then sought to establish control over Macedon by instituting a veritable reign of terror against Kassandros's sympathizers (Diod. XIX 11,8–9). In Asia, Eumenes' failed negotiations with Seleukos and Peithon forced him to leave his winter quarters early, for he was in great need of supplies (Diod.

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