Cassander

Definition

Cassander (c. 355-297 BCE, r. 305-297 BCE) was self-proclaimed king of Macedon during the political turmoil following Alexander's death. Born in Greece as the son of Antipater, the regent of Macedon and Greece in the absence of Alexander the Great, he ruled beside his father eventually battling against the commander Polyperchon for supremacy in Greece. His alliance with Seleucus I Nicator and Ptolemy I against Antigonus I brought him into the Wars of the Diadochi, the battle over the remnants of Alexander's domain. His murder of Alexander's mother and son ended any hope for an heir to the king's empire. Cassander's death in 297 BCE would, for a time, bring stability, but without an heir, his beloved Macedon would fall into the hands of others.

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  • c. 355 BCE - 297 BCE
    Life of Cassander, self-proclaimed king of Macedon, son of Antipater.
  • 323 BCE
    Death of Alexander the Great.
  • 319 BCE
    Death of Antipater, regent of Macedon.
  • 316 BCE
    Death of Olympias, mother of Alexander the Great.
  • c. 316 BCE
    Thessalonica is founded by Cassander.
  • 310 BCE
    Assassination of Roxanne and Alexander IV, wife and son of Alexander the Great.
  • 305 BCE - 297 BCE
    Cassander is self-proclaimed king of Macedon.
  • 301 BCE
    The Battle of Ipsus in central Phrygia where Lysimachus and Seleucos I defeat Antigonus I and Demetrius I of Macedon.
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