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Demetrius II



Demetrius II: king of ancient Macedonia, ruled 239-229.

Relatives:

Main deeds:

  • Late 250s: Marries to Stratonice II (daughter of Antiochus II Theos and Laodice I); they have no children
  • Mid 240s: Engagement or brief marriage to Nicaea, daughter of Alexander of Corinth; her dowry is Corinth, which becomes part of Macedonia
  • 239: After a coregency, Demetrius II becomes sole ruler when his father dies
  • An anti-Macedonian alliance is created by the Aetolian League and the Achaean League, which is led by Aratus; beginning of the Demetrian War
  • Demetrius marries Phthia, daughter of Alexander II of Epirus (his first wife, Stratonice II, returns to Syria); Demetrius occupies southern Epirus, which he uses against Aetolia, which also has to give up Boeotia
  • 238: Birth of Philip V
  • Demetrius prevents surprise attacks by Aratus on Argos and Athens
  • 233: The Aetolians capture Ambracia in southern Epirus
  • 229: Unexpected death; his queen Phthia marries to Antigonus III Doson, who acts as regent for Demetrius' son Philip
Succeeded by: Antigonus III Doson

Literature

  • O.L. Gabelko & Yu.N. Kuzmin, "Matrimonial Policy of Demetrius II of Macedonia. New Solutions of Old Problems", in: Vestnik drevnej istorii 264 (2008) 141-164
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