Zipoetes I of Bithynia

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Zipoetes I, also Zipoites I or Ziboetes I, possibly Tiboetes I (in Greek Zιπoίτης or Zιβoίτης; lived c. 354 BC – 278 BC, ruled c. 326 BC – 278 BC; three syllables, oe is a diphthong) was the second independent ruler of Bithynia.

He succeeded his father Bas on the throne in 326 BC and reigned for forty-eight years, carrying on successful wars with Lysimachus and Antiochus, the son of Seleucus I Nicator.[1] In 315 BC he carried on a war against Astacus and Chalcedon, which failed in the face of a relief army sent by Antigonus I Monophthalmus.[2]; in 301, after Antigonus' death, he attacked again, and was victorious, but Astactus was destroyed in the war. He founded a city which was called Zipoetium (after himself) at the foot of Mount Lypedron; the exact locations of both the city and the mountain are unknown.

He lived to the age of seventy-six, and left behind him four children, the eldest of whom, Nicomedes, succeeded him.[3] He was the first ruler of Bithyinia to assume the title of basileus (king), assuming this title in the year 297 BC.



  1. ^ Memnon, History of Heracleia, 6, 9
  2. ^ Diodorus Siculus, Bibliotheca, xix. 60
  3. ^ Memnon, 12; Stephanus, Ethnica, s.v. "Zipoition"

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

Preceded by
Dynast and King of Bithynia
326 BC – 278 BC
Succeeded by
Nicomedes I
Zipoetes II