- "Lyncestis" redirects here. For the noctuoid moth genus, see Melipotis.
Lynkestis or Lynchestia (Greek: Λυγκηστίς, Λυγκηστία meaning "land of the lynx") was a region (in earlier times, a kingdom) of Upper Macedonia on the southern borders of Illyria which was ruled by kings, lords and independent or semi-independent chieftains till the later Argead rulers of Macedon (Amyntas IV, Philip II) neutralized their independence with dynastic alliances and the practice of bringing up tribal chieftains' sons in the palaces of Philip. To the north of Lynchestia was the region of Deuriopus, while Paionia was to the north-east, Pelagonia bordered on the east, Emathia and Almopia to the south-east, and Orestia, Eordaia and the Haliacmon river at some distance to the south.
The rich and turbulent kings of Lyncestis traced their origins to the Bacchiad kings that were expelled from Corinth in the seventh century. During the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC) Arrhabaeus the king of Lyncestis waged war against Perdiccas II of Macedon.
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- Strabo. Geography, Book VII (Getae, Macedonia, Black Sea).