Antigenes
AllegianceMacedonia
RankGeneral
Commands heldArgyraspides

Antigenes (Ancient Greek: Ἀντιγένης; died 316 BC) served as an officer under Philip II of Macedon and continued his service rising to the rank of general under Alexander the Great. After the death of Alexander in 323 he obtained the satrapy of Susiana. He was one of the commanders of the Argyraspides and, with his troops, took the side of Eumenes. On the defeat of Eumenes in 316, Antigenes fell into the hands of his enemy Antigonus, and was burnt alive in a pit by him.

The reason for Antigenes particularly cruel execution method was due to his unit, the Silver Shields, and their exceptional performance against Antigonus’ infantry during the Second War of the Diadochi [1]

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  1. ^ Plutarch, Parallel Lives, "Alexander", 70, "Eumenes", 13; Photius, Bibliotheca, cod. 92; Diodorus Siculus, Bibliotheca, xviii. 62, xix. 12, 44

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "Antigenes(1)". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.