10- A Crowning Achievement

With the deaths of both Alexander IV in 311 at the hands of Cassander and Heracles (possibly the illegitimate son of Alexander the Great by Barsine) in 309 due to Polyperchon, the Argead royal line is dead. So, in 306 and 305, the generals and successors to Alexander take that final step on the road to the destruction of the empire- taking up the diadem of kinship.

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A map of the situation in the Hellenistic world in 303 BCE. By Javierfv1212 (talk) – I created this work entirely by myself. Sources Penguin historical atlas of Greece, Historical Atlas — William R. Shepherd., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10532670

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