Aeacides
King of Epirus
Reign331 - 313 BC
(316-313 Macedonian rule)
PredecessorAlexander I of Epirus
SuccessorAlcetas II of Epirus
IssuePyrrhus I of Epirus
Deidamia I of Epirus
HouseAeacidae
FatherArybbas of Epirus
MotherTroas (daughter of Neoptolemus I of Epirus)
ReligionAncient Greek religion
Aeacides may also refer to Peleus, son of Aeacus, or Achilles, grandson of Aeacus.
Epirus in Antiquity.
Epirus in Antiquity.

Aeacides (Greek: Aἰακίδης; died 313 BC), king of Epirus (331–316, 313), was a son of king Arybbas and grandson of king Alcetas I.

Family

Aeacides married Phthia, the daughter of Menon of Pharsalus, by whom he had the celebrated son Pyrrhus and two daughters, Deidamia and Troias.

Reign

In 331 BC, on the death of his cousin king Alexander, who was slain in Italy, Aeacides succeeded to the throne of Epirus.[1] In 317 BC he assisted Polyperchon in restoring his cousin Olympias and the five-year-old king Alexander IV[2] to Macedonia. The following year he had to march to the assistance of Olympias, who was hard pressed by Cassander; but the Epirots disliked the military service, rose against Aeacides, and drove him from the kingdom. Pyrrhus, who was then only two years old, was saved by some faithful servants. Becoming tired of the Macedonian rule, the Epirots recalled Aeacides in 313 BC; Cassander immediately sent an army against him under his brother, Philip, who defeated him in two battles. During the last of battle Aeacides was killed.[3]

Notes and References

  1. ^ Livy, History of Rome, viii. 24
  2. ^ the mother and son of Alexander the Great
  3. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, i. 11; Diodorus Siculus, Bibliotheca, xix. 11, 36, 74; Plutarch, Lives, "Pyrrhus", 1-2

Sources

Preceded byAlexander I King of Epirus 331–316 BC Succeeded byMacedonian Rule Preceded byMacedonian Rule King of Epirus 313 BC Succeeded byAlcetas II