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Diadochi States


The Diadochi States were the successor states that emerged after the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC, following the division of his vast empire among his generals, known as the Diadochi (Greek for "successors"). These successor states were established by Alexander's generals, who became the new rulers of various regions of his empire. These successor states competed with each other for power and territory, leading to a period of political fragmentation and conflict known as the Wars of the Diadochi, which lasted for several decades after Alexander's death. The most prominent Diadochi States included:


Led by Antipater initially and later by his son Cassander, Macedon retained control over the homeland of Alexander the Great. It served as a power base for several subsequent Hellenistic dynasties.

Seleucid Empire:

Founded by Seleucus I Nicator, one of Alexander's most trusted generals, the Seleucid Empire encompassed much of the eastern portion of Alexander's empire, including Mesopotamia, Persia, and parts of Anatolia. The Seleucid Empire became one of the largest and most powerful Hellenistic states, but it faced internal instability and external threats from neighboring powers like the Ptolemies and Parthians.

Ptolemaic Kingdom:

Established by Ptolemy I Soter, another of Alexander's generals, in Egypt. The Ptolemaic Kingdom was one of the wealthiest and most prosperous of the Diadochi States, known for its economic prosperity, cultural achievements, and the famous city of Alexandria.

Kingdom of Pergamon:

Founded by Philetaerus, who served as a satrap under the Seleucids but declared independence in 282 BC. The Kingdom of Pergamon was located in western Anatolia (modern-day Turkey) and became known for its cultural and artistic achievements, including the renowned Pergamon Altar.

Kingdom of Bactria:

Established by one of Alexander's generals, Diodotus I, in the eastern regions of the empire, particularly in Bactria (modern-day Afghanistan) and parts of Central Asia.The Kingdom of Bactria was characterized by its blend of Greek and indigenous cultures and served as a center of Hellenistic influence in Central Asia.

Kingdom of Cappadocia:

Founded by Mithridates I of Cappadocia, who declared independence from the Seleucids in the early 2nd century BC. The Kingdom of Cappadocia was located in central Anatolia and played a significant role in regional politics during the Hellenistic period.


A kingdom in western Greece, ruled by the Molossian dynasty. Although not as powerful or influential as some of the other Diadochi States, Epirus played a role in regional politics and conflicts during the Hellenistic period.

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