Arsinoe of Macedon

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Arsinoe of Macedonia (Greek: Ἀρσινόη; lived 4th century BC) was the mother of Ptolemy I Soter (323 BC – 283 BC), king of Egypt.

She was originally a concubine of Philip II, king of Macedon, and it is said she was given by Philip to Lagus/Lagos, a Macedonian, while she was pregnant with Ptolemy I Soter I, but it is possible that this is a later myth fabricated to glorify the Ptolemaic Dynasty. Ptolemy was regarded by the Macedonians as the son of Philip.[1]

She was the daughter of Meleager and granddaughter of Balacrus, who was thought to be the son of Amyntas, the father of Alexander I of Macedon.[2]



  1. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, i. 6; Curtius Rufus, Historiae Alexandri Magni, ix. 8; Suda, s.v. "Lagos"
  2. ^ Satyrus the Peripatetic, FGrH 631 fr 2

 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.