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 additionally its humans. Pragmatic and sometimes ruthless, he used to be a well-educated guy with a prepared curiosity in philosophy. He accumulated approximately him poets, philosophers and historians; his lengthy reign, regardless of vicissitudes, re-established Macedonia as a state. Janice J. Gabbert portrays the eventful lifetime of this enigmatic king in a full of life and interesting demeanour. Her target is to track the political profession of a guy approximately whose lifestyles virtually no legitimate documents continue to exist. considering the latest epigraphical facts, the writer brings to lifestyles a desirable political determine. this can be the 1st examine solely dedicated to Antigonus for over 80 years, and crucial examining for these attracted to the heritage of the Successors of Alexander.
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On his first attempt, he could not get past the garrison at Corinth and returned to Sparta (Paus. 4). Meanwhile, Antigonus did bring Athens under siege, and no relief was forthcoming from either Areus or Patroclus. In the course of the siege, Antigonid troops were also active in Attica and along the coast; Pausanias refers to an attack “with an army and a fleet” and “ravaging the countryside of Athens” (Paus. 1). In the autumn of that year (264), Antigonus was faced with a revolt of his mercenaries, mostly Gauls, in the garrison at Megara.
The text is apparently corrupt, and Hydra is one of the possibilities. It is the possibility which makes the best strategic sense. Megara is the other of the three cities that joined the Achaean League in 243, and it seems to have held an Antigonid garrison for most of the earlier time. 3 331 and Plut. Dem. 39), and contained an Antigonid garrison, mostly Gauls, during the Chremonidean War (Polyaen. 3; Trogus, Prol. 8). One of the two strongest garrisons ringing the Saronic Gulf (the other was Corinth) was the Antigonid garrison at the Piraeus.
The garrison at Corinth 39 GREEK HEGEMONY isolated all states in the Peloponnesus from the remainder of Greece. The garrisons at Megara and at Chalcis isolated Attica from central Greece. It was thus difficult for Greek states to combine militarily against Antigonus. There was little direct control of states in the Peloponnesus, but this was not necessary in as much as any action originating in the Peloponnesus could be blocked at Corinth. The garrisons also served to control major naval landing places in southern Greece.