14- To Macedon!

With Demetrius dead, the Antigonid threat is out of the picture again for a bit- although rest assured, it’s not the last time we’ve heard of names such as Antigonus II, so don’t forget about them completely. Instead, the struggle begins for the throne of Macedon, with the principal contenders at the time Demetrius is taken off the chessboard being Lysimachus and Pyrrhus of Epirus. However, it wouldn’t take much for Ptolemaic and Seleucid interests to be peaked as well. On the podcast today, the match is going to be struck and chaos will break out in the old heartland of Macedon…

Sources for this episode: 1) Komnene, A., translated originally by Sewter, E. R. A. (c.1147, my edition 2009), The Alexiad (Penguin Classics) London: Penguin Books Ltd. 2) Author unknown, Wikipedia (date unknown) Ptolemy I Soter (online) [Accessed 24/01/2021]. 3) Author unknown, Wikipedia (date unknown), Ptolemy Ceraunus (online) [Accessed 24/01/2021]. 4) Lendering J., Livius (2002, modified 2020), Diadochi 10: Lysimachus and Seleucus (online) [Accessed 23/01/2021]. 5) Bevan, E. R. (1902), The House of Seleucus (Vol. I). London: Edward Arthur. 5) Heinen, H., Encyclopaedia Britannica (2019), Ptolemy II Philadelphus (online) [Accessed 28/01/2021].

EDIT: I’ve discovered that the Antigonid story naturally moves back into our main narrative at the beginning of the next reign, so I’m going to discuss what’s been happening to Antigonus II in a separate at that point instead of during our interlude episodes.

A coin of Lysimachus, the ruler of Thrace, Anatolia and Macedon. Cropped from the original, which is: Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=163576