Neoptolemus I of Epirus
|Title||King of Epirus|
|Religion||Ancient Greek religion|
|Children||King Alexander I of Epirus
Princess Troas (married Arybbas of Epirus)
|Parent(s)||Alcetas I (father)|
Alexander the Great (grandson)
Neoptolemus I of Epirus (Greek: Νεοπτόλεμος Α' Ηπείρου) (370–357 BC) was a king of Epirus and son of Alcetas I, and father of Troas, Alexander I of Epirus and Queen Olympias. He was a maternal grandfather of Alexander the Great.
Olympias was originally known as Polyxena. It is possible that Neoptolemus gave her that name.
His name means "new war".
On the death of Alcetas, Neoptolemus and his brother Arybbas agreed to divide the kingdom, and continued to rule their respective portions without any interruption of the harmony between them, until the death of Neoptolemus, which, according to Johann Gustav Droysen, may be placed about 360 BC.
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Smith, William, ed. (1870). "article name needed". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.
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