Arybbas of Epirus

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For the bodyguard of Alexander the Great, see Arybbas (somatophylax).
Arybbas
Born Arybbas
Title King of the Molossians
Religion Ancient Greek religion
Parents Alcetas I (father)
Relatives Neoptolemus I (brother)
Alcetas II (son)
Pyrrhus (grandson)

Arybbas (Greek: Ἀρύββας)[1] (373 BC – 343 BC) was a king of the Molossians.

Family[edit]

Arybbas was a son of Alcetas I, brother of Neoptolemus I and grandfather of Pyrrhus. He married Troas (sister of Olympias).

Arybbas's son was Alcetas II, who reigned as a king of Epirus from 313 BC to 303 BC. He may be the Aryptaeus, king of the Molossians mentioned by Diodorus 18.11.1, who joined the Hellenic cause in the Lamian War.

Biography[edit]

In ca. 360 BC, against an Illyrian attack, Arybbas evacuated his non-combatant population to Aetolia and let the Illyrians loot freely. The stratagem was successful, and the Molossians amassed upon the Illyrians and defeated them.[2] Arybbas ruled Epirus until 342/1 BC, when he was driven into exile by Philip II, who placed Alexander I on the throne.

He was also an Olympic and Pythian victor in tethrippon (chariot race).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Byforms: Arymbas, Arrybas, Arribas, Aribbas
  2. ^ Diodorus Siculus. Library. Book 14.92, 15.2, 16.2. - FrStrat2.5.19
Preceded by
Alcetas I
King of Epirus
370– 343 BC
(with Neoptolemus I until 360 BC)
Succeeded by
Alexander I