By Richard A. Billows

Referred to as by way of Plutarch ''the oldest and maximum of Alexander's successors,'' Antigonos the One-Eyed (382-301 BC) used to be the dominant determine throughout the first 1/2 the Diadoch interval, ruling many of the Asian territory conquered through the Macedonians in the course of his ultimate two decades. Billows presents the 1st precise learn of this nice common and administrator, setting up him as a key contributor to the Hellenistic monarchy and country. After a winning occupation less than Philip and Alexander, Antigonos rose to strength over the Asian part of Alexander's conquests. Embittered by way of the continual hostility of these who managed the ecu and Egyptian components of the empire, he attempted to get rid of those competitors, an ambition which resulted in his ultimate defeat in 301. In a corrective to the normal motives of his goals, Billows exhibits that Antigonos used to be scarcely motivated via Alexander, looking to rule West Asia and the Aegean, instead of the complete of Alexander's Empire.

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Eum. 10, 1). There Antigonos invested him closely, but the fort was well stocked and virtually impregnable; a parley was held, Antigonos sending his nephew Polemaios into Nora as a hostage for Eumenes' safe return, but Eumenes' surrender terms were such that Antigonos thought it best to refer them to Antipatros. He accordingly established guards around Nora with strong siege fortifications (Diod. XVIII 41, 5–7; Plut. Eum. 10, 2–4). [47] Meanwhile Antigonos himself with most of his army marched away to deal with Attalos and Alketas, who had moved into Pisidia with a large army, perhaps totaling some 20,000 men.

Antigonos, however, having conducted successful independent operations during the recent fighting, was next to Antipatros in more than just age and experience—the death of Krateros having been providential for his future ambitions. In Arrian's account of the lead-up to the Triparadeisos conference (Met' Alex. 1, 30–31) Antipatros and Antigonos are named together as the men on whom all waited—Antigonos even being named first. [31] ― 69 ― Antipatros was careful to keep his and Antigonos's forces encamped separately, divided by a river from the royal army, in which Eurydike had by no means ceased to stir up discontent (Arrian 1,33).

Thus he made the satraps fear to cross him, and he held their money hostage for their future loyalty (Diod. [21] The summer of 316 was by now well advanced, and Antigonos moved southward from Media towards Persia in the hope of yet being able to decide the war before the end of the campaigning season. News of this move soon reached Eumenes, who likewise broke camp and advanced north to meet Antigonos. After some delay caused by an illness Eumenes incurred through overindulgence at a banquet (Diod.

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