Antigonus II Gonatas: A Political Biography by Janice J. Gabbert

By Janice J. Gabbert

Antigonus Gonatas assumed the identify King of Macedonia in 283 BC; he grew to become the undisputed ruler of Macedonia in 276 BC and reigned for greater than 40 years. Blunt, sincere and tenacious, Antigonus gained not just Macedonia, but in addition its humans. Pragmatic and infrequently ruthless, he used to be a well-educated guy with a willing curiosity in philosophy. He accumulated approximately him poets, philosophers and historians; his lengthy reign, regardless of vicissitudes, re-established Macedonia as a country. Janice J. Gabbert portrays the eventful lifetime of this enigmatic king in a full of life and interesting demeanour. Her objective is to track the political profession of a guy approximately whose lifestyles virtually no reputable files live to tell the tale. making an allowance for the latest epigraphical proof, the writer brings to existence a desirable political determine. this can be the 1st learn totally dedicated to Antigonus for over 80 years, and crucial interpreting for these attracted to the background of the Successors of Alexander.

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As a practical matter, however, it seems not to have affected his position in Greece because of the strength of the rest of the system. The city of Troezen not far from Corinth would have been a likely place for the installation of an Antigonid garrison. There is in fact evidence for a garrison at some few points in time. In or about 275 BC, a garrison of Antigonus commanded by a man named Eudamidas was attacked and expelled by the Spartan exile 36 GREEK HEGEMONY Cleonymus (Polyaen. 1). 35 One cannot be certain if the garrison expelled by Cleonymus was reinstalled, but when one looks at the entire plan and situation of Antigonus in Greece, it would have been a high priority.

With most of the civilized world ruled by large empires founded by Macedonians and deeply imbued with Greek culture, Macedonia and Greece must either be on an equal footing with the other empires or absorbed by one of them. Antigonus inherited a system of garrisons and personal connections in Greece from Demetrius. His bitter experience in the decade of chaos after the death of Demetrius taught him to refine and modify that system. The end result was a rather coherent system of maintaining a Greek hegemony with minimum use of resources.

20 It is in this state of affairs that Pyrrhus decided it would be more useful to respond to the call for help from Tarentum and spend some time conquering Italy and Sicily. He asked for assistance from Ptolemy Ceraunus and from Antigonus Gonatas. 3). When seen from the vantage point of the Greek cities, which were still nominally independent even though their actions had been somewhat circumscribed by various kings, these years were a perfect opportunity to rearrange things to their liking if possible.

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