Alexander (Antigonid general)

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Alexander (Gr. Ἀλέξανδρος) was commander of the cavalry in the army of Antigonus III Doson during the war against Cleomenes III of Sparta.[1][2] He fought against Philopoemen, then a young man, whose prudence and valor forced him to a disadvantageous engagement at Sellasia.[3] This Alexander is probably the same person as the one whom Antigonus, as the guardian of Philip (son of Demetrius II of Macedon), had appointed commander of Philip's body-guard, and who was slandered by Apelles.[4] Subsequently he was sent by Philip as ambassador to Thebes, to persecute the Macedonian Megaleas.[5] Polybius states that at all times he manifested a most extraordinary attachment to his king.[6]


  1. ^ Schmitz, Leonhard (1867). "Alexander". In William Smith (ed.). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 1. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. p. 112. Archived from the original on 2007-04-05.
  2. ^ Polybius, ii. 66
  3. ^ Polybius, ii. 68
  4. ^ Polybius, iv. 87
  5. ^ Polybius, v. 28
  6. ^ Polybius, vii. 12

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "Alexander". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. p. 112.