Ptolemy was ready to join his allies in making peace with Antigonus; he had already been chased back to Egypt, and the armistice Antigonus had in place with Lysimachus and Cassander left him critically exposed. Throughout his campaign against the Persians, Alexander the Great remained aware of the many troubles plaguing his homeland of Macedon. Despite his new role as chilarch, Cassander would not remain idle long & sought alliances elsewhere. Seleucid Empire (321-64 BC) Area of Modern Israel, Syria, Turkey; Cassander (319-168 BC) Area of Modern Greece. However, he managed to consolidate his power in the east of his territories, suppressing a revolt of the cities on the Black Sea coast. However, Cassander wisely grew to be suspicious of the old commander’s intentions. On the 10th / 11th of June 323 BC, Alexander the Great died in Babylon. Lysimachus definition, Macedonian general: king of Thrace 306–281. Lysimachus (Greek: Λυσίμαχος, Lysimachos; c. 360 BC – 281 BC) was a Macedonian officer and diadochus (i.e. In 302 when the second affiance between Cassander, Ptolemy and Seleucus was made, Lysimachus, reinforced by troops from Cassander, entered Asia Minor, where he met with little resistance. Cassander (c. 355-297 B.C.) For only $5 per month you can become a member and support our mission to engage people with cultural heritage and to improve history education worldwide. This time Lysimachus added to his possessions the Hellespont coast. The peaceful period came to an end when Cassander, Ptolemy Soter (ruler in Egypt), and Lysimachus (ruler in Thrace) started to believe that Antigonus became too powerful. In his youth, Cassander was taught by the philosopher Aristotle at the Lyceum in Macedonia.He was educated alongside Alexander the Great in a group that included Hephaestion, Ptolemy and Lysimachus. The resulting peace left five major successors left on the board: Cassander in Greece and Macedon, Ptolemy in Egypt, Seleucus in Babylon, Lysimachus (who … They would have three children, Philip, Alexander, and Antipater; none of them would survive to follow in their father’s footsteps. All the while, he continued to insist that Antipater had given him the regency, not Cassander. He met little resistance in seizing control of much of western Asia Minor and, in the following spring (301 BCE) was joined by Seleucus. During the struggle of the Diadochi for power, Lysimachus joined a coalition of Seleucus, Ptolemy, and Cassander in 315 and fought against Antigonus. Lysimachus and Seleucus' forces defeated Antigonus at the Battle of Ipsus in 301 BC. On June 10, 323 BCE Alexander the Great died. Seleucus participated in the conquest of the Persian empire as one of Alexander’s officers, and in 326 bce he commanded the Macedonian infantry against King Porus of India in battle on the Hydaspes River. On the approach of Antigonus he retired into winter quarters near Heraclea, marrying its widowed queen Amastris, a Persian princess. He took the initiative in forging a coalition among Ptolemy, Lysimachus (the ruler of Thrace), and Cassander (who laid claim to Macedonia) against Antigonus, whose desire to become the ruler of the whole of Alexander's empire was a threat to them all. [3][4] He was the second son of Agathocles[5] and his wife; there is some indication in the historical sources that this wife was perhaps named Arsinoe, and that Lysimachus' paternal grandfather may have been called Alcimachus. Amastris, who had divorced herself from him, returned to Heraclea. Antigonus' soldiers acclaimed Demetrius and Antigonus as kings. 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