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Antipater Etesias


Antipater Etesias was a relatively obscure figure in the tumultuous history of the Hellenistic period, notable for his brief and largely ineffectual reign as king of Macedon. His tenure was part of the chaotic power struggles that followed the death of Alexander the Great. Here is a detailed overview of his life and reign:

Background and Early Life

Ascension to the Throne

Challenges and Conflicts

Deposition and Aftermath


Antipater Etesias was a short-lived and largely ineffective ruler of Macedon, whose brief reign in 279 BC underscores the instability and power struggles that plagued the Hellenistic kingdoms in the wake of Alexander the Great's empire. His nickname, derived from the short-lived etesian winds, aptly symbolizes the fleeting nature of his rule. Despite his limited impact on history, the story of Antipater Etesias provides insight into the broader context of the political turmoil and fragmentation that defined the Hellenistic period.


Hammond & Walbank, 1988, p. 257

Pyrrhus, King of Epirus by Petros E. Garoufalias ISBN 0-905743-13-X

A History of Macedonia: Volume III, 336-167 BC by N. G. L. Hammond and F. W. Walbank (1988)

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