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Dissolution 310 BC

The Argead dynasty
Argead dynasty
(Greek: Ἀργεάδαι, Argeádai) was an ancient Macedonian Greek royal house. They were the founders and the ruling dynasty of Macedon from about 700 to 310 BC. Their tradition, as described in ancient Greek historiography, traced their origins to Argos, in Peloponnese, hence the name Argeads or Argives.[1][2][3] Initially the rulers of the homonymous tribe,[4] by the time of Philip II they had expanded their reign further, to include under the rule of Macedonia all Upper Macedonian states. The family's most celebrated members were Philip II of Macedon
Philip II of Macedon
and Alexander the Great, under whose leadership the kingdom of Macedonia gradually gained predominance throughout Greece, defeated the Achaemenid Empire
Achaemenid Empire
and expanded as far as Egypt
Egypt
and India. The mythical founder of the Argead dynasty
Argead dynasty
is King Caranus.[5][6]

Contents

1 Origin 2 Dynasty 3 References

3.1 Citations 3.2 Sources

4 Further reading 5 External links

Origin[edit] Further information: History of Macedonia (ancient kingdom)
Macedonia (ancient kingdom)
and Government of Macedonia (ancient kingdom)

The route of the Argeads from Argos, Peloponnese, to Macedonia according to Herodotus.

The words "Argead" and "Argive" derive (via Latin
Latin
Argīvus[7]) from the Greek Ἀργεῖος (Argeios), "of or from Argos",[8] which is first attested in Homer, where it was also used as a collective designation for the Greeks ("Ἀργείων Δαναῶν", Argive Danaans).[9][10] The Argead dynasty
Argead dynasty
claimed descent from the Temenids of Argos, in the Peloponnese, whose legendary ancestor was Temenus, the great-great-grandson of Heracles. In the excavations of the royal Palace at Aegae Manolis Andronikos discovered in the "tholos" room (according to some scholars "tholos" was the throne room) an inscription relating to that belief.[11] This is testified by Herodotus, in The Histories, where he mentions that three brothers of the lineage of Temenus, Gauanes, Aeropus and Perdiccas, fled from Argos
Argos
to the Illyrians
Illyrians
and then to Upper Macedonia, to a town called Lebaea, where they served the king. The latter asked them to leave his territory, believing in an omen that something great would happen to Perdiccas. The boys went to another part of Macedonia, near the garden of Midas, above which mount Bermio stands. There they made their abode and slowly formed their own kingdom.[12] Herodotus
Herodotus
also relates the incident of the participation of Alexander I of Macedon
Alexander I of Macedon
in the Olympic Games in 504 or 500 BC where the participation of the Macedonian king was contested by participants on the grounds that he was not Greek. The Hellanodikai, however, after examining his Argead claim confirmed that the Macedonians were Greeks and allowed him to participate.[13] According to Thucydides, in the History of the Peloponnesian War, the Argeads were originally Temenids
Temenids
from Argos, who descended from the highlands to Lower Macedonia, expelled the Pierians from Pieria and acquired in Paionia
Paionia
a narrow strip along the river Axios extending to Pella
Pella
and the sea. They also added Mygdonia
Mygdonia
in their territory through the expulsion of the Edoni, Eordians, and Almopians.[14] Dynasty[edit]

Argead Rulers

King Reign (BC) Comments

Caranus 808–778 BC Founder of the Argead dynasty
Argead dynasty
and first King of Macedon

Koinos 778–750 BC

Tyrimmas 750–700 BC

Perdiccas I 700–678 BC

Argaeus I 678–640 BC

Philip I 640–602 BC

Aeropus I 602–576 BC

Alcetas I 576–547 BC

Amyntas I 547–498 BC

Alexander I 498–454 BC

Perdiccas II 454–413 BC

Archelaus 413–399 BC

Orestes and Aeropus II 399–396 BC

Archelaus II 396–393 BC

Amyntas II 393 BC

Pausanias 393 BC

Amyntas III 393 BC

Argaeus II 393–392 BC

Amyntas III 392–370 BC Restored to the throne after one year

Alexander II 370–368 BC

Ptolemy I 368–365 BC

Perdiccas III 365–359 BC

Amyntas IV 359 BC

Philip II 359–336 BC Unifier of Greece under the rule of Macedon

Alexander III 336–323 BC Alexander the Great. The most notable ancient Greek King and one of the most celebrated strategists and rulers of all time. Alexander at the top of his reign was simultaneously King of Macedonia, Pharaoh of Egypt, King of Persia
King of Persia
and King of Asia

Antipater 334–323 BC Regent of Macedonia during the reign of Alexander III

Philip III Arrhidaeus 323–317 BC Only titular king after the death of Alexander III

Alexander IV 323–310 BC Son of Alexander the Great
Alexander the Great
and Roxana. Served only as a titular king and was murdered at a young age before having the chance to rise to the throne of Macedon

References[edit] Citations[edit]

^ Argive, Oxford Dictionaries. ^ Hammond 1986, p. 516: "In the early 5th century the royal house of Macedonia, the Temenidae was recognised as Macedonian by the Presidents of the Olympic Games. Their verdict considered themselves to be of Macedonian descent ." ^ Howatson & Harvey 1989, p. 339: "In historical times the royal house traced its descent from the mythical Temenus, king of Argos, who was one of the Heracleidae, and more immediately from Perdiccas I, who left Argos
Argos
for Illyria, probably in the mid-seventh century BC, and from there captured the Macedonian plain and occupied the fortress of Aegae (Vergina), setting himself up as king of the Macedonians. Thus the kings were of largely Dorian Greek stock (see PHILIP (1)); they presumably spoke a form of Dorian Greek and their cultural tradition had Greek features." ^ Rogers 2004, p. 316: "According to Strabo, 7.11 ff., the Argeadae were the tribe who were able to make themselves supreme in early Emathia, later Macedonia." ^ Green 2013, p. 103. ^ According to Pausanias (Description of Greece 9.40.8-9), Caranus set up a trophy after the Argive fashion for a victory against Cisseus: "The Macedonians say that Caranus, king of Macedonia, overcame in battle Cisseus, a chieftain in a bordering country. For his victory Caranus set up a trophy after the Argive fashion, but it is said to have been upset by a lion from Olympus, which then vanished. Caranus, they assert, realized that it was a mistaken policy to incur the undying hatred of the non-Greeks dwelling around, and so, they say, the rule was adopted that no king of Macedonia, neither Caranus himself nor any of his successors, should set up trophies, if they were ever to gain the good-will of their neighbors. This story is confirmed by the fact that Alexander set up no trophies, neither for his victory over Dareius nor for those he won in India." ^ Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short. A Latin
Latin
Dictionary, Argīvus. ^ Henry George Liddell and Robert Scott. A Greek-English Lexicon, Ἀργεῖος. ^ Cartledge 2011, Chapter 4: Argos, p. 23: "The Late Bronze Age in Greece is also called conventionally 'Mycenaean', as we saw in the last chapter. But it might in principle have been called 'Argive', 'Achaean', or 'Danaan', since the three names that Homer
Homer
does in fact apply to Greeks collectively were 'Argives', 'Achaeans', and 'Danaans'." ^ Homer. Iliad, 2.155-175, 4.8; Odyssey, 8.578, 4.6. ^ Andronikos 1994, p. 38: Inscription found in the tholos room of the Agai Palace: "Η επιγραφή αυτή είναι: «ΗΡΑΚΛΗΙ ΠΑΤΡΩΙΩΙ», που σημαίνει στον «Πατρώο Ηρακλή», στον Ηρακλή δηλαδή που ήταν γενάρχης της βασιλικής οικογένειας των Μακεδόνων." [Translation: "The inscription is: «ΗΡΑΚΛΗΙ ΠΑΤΡΩΙΩΙ», which means "Father (Ancestor) Hercules", dedicated to Hercules who was the ancestor of the royal family of the Macedonians."] ^ Herodotus. Histories, 8.137. ^ Herodotus. Histories, 5.22. ^ Thucydides. History of the Peloponnesian War, 2.99.

Sources[edit]

Andronikos, Manolēs (1994). Vergina: The Royal Tombs. Athens: Ekdotikē Athēnōn. ISBN 960-213-128-4.  Cartledge, Paul (2011). Ancient Greece: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-960134-9.  Green, Peter (2013) [1991]. Alexander of Macedon, 356–323 B.C.: A Historical Biography. Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-52-095469-4.  Hammond, Nicholas Geoffrey Lemprière (1986). A History of Greece to 322 BC. Oxford, UK: Clarendon Press. ISBN 0-19-873095-0.  Howatson, M. C.; Harvey, Sir Paul (1989). The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-866121-5.  Rogers, Guy MacLean (2004). Alexander: The Ambiguity of Greatness. New York: Random House Publishing Group. ISBN 1-4000-6261-6. 

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Further reading[edit]

Anson, Edward M. 2014. "The End of a Dynasty." In Alexander's Heirs: The Age of the Successors. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. Carney, Elizabeth Donnelly. 2009. "The role of the BASILIKOI PAIDES at the Argead court." In Macedonian legacies: Studies in ancient Macedonian history and culture in honor of Eugene N. Borza. Edited by Timothy Howe and Jeanne Reames, 145–164. Claremont, CA: Regina. --. 2010. "Putting women in their place: Women in public under Philip II and Alexander III and the last Argeads." In Philip II and Alexander the Great: Father and son, lives and afterlives. Edited by Elizabeth D. Carney and Daniel Ogden, 43–53. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press. Errington, Robert Malcolm. 1978. "The nature of the Macedonian state under the monarchy." Chiron 7:77–133. Griffith, Guy Thompson. 1979. "The reign of Philip the Second: The government of the kingdom." In A history of Macedonia. Vol. 2. Edited by Nicholas Geoffrey Lemprière Hammond, and Guy Thompson Griffith, 383–404. Oxford: Clarendon. Hatzopoulos, Miltiades B. 1996. Macedonian institutions under the kings. 2 vols. Paris: De Boccard. King, Carol J. 2010. "Macedonian kingship and other political institutions." In A companion to ancient Macedonia. Edited by Joseph Roisman and Ian Worthington, 373–391. Malden, MA: Blackwell-Wiley. Ogden, Daniel. 2011. "The Royal Families of Argead Macedon and the Hellenistic World." In A Companion to Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds. Edited by Beryl Rawson, 92–107. Malden, MA: Blackwell-Wiley.

External links[edit]

"Argead Dynasty". Encyclopædia Britannica. Archived from the original on 26 April 2008. Retrieved M

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