Philetaerus. Bust from the Villa of the Papyri, Herculaneum, now in the National Archaeological Museum of Naples.
ruler of Pergamon (283-263), founder of the Attalid
- Father: Attalus, a Macedonian
- Mother: Boa, a Paphlagonian
Succeeded by: Eumenes
Birth of Philetaerus
a eunuch, was commander of Pergamon, and responsible for a
treasury of 9,000 talents.
302 and the battle
of Ipsus (301), he was loyal to Lysimachus.
the court intrigue that plagued Lysimachus in 283 (text),
Philetaerus sided with Lysandra, wife of Lysimachus' executed son
Agathocles; they fled to Seleucus
282: Seleucus invades Lysimachus' Asian possessions.
281: Seleucus defeats Lysimachus at Corupedium;
281: Seleucus assassinated by Ptolemy
Keraunos; Philetaerus pays for the dead body and sends the
remains to Seleucia,
where Seleucus' son Antiochus
remains loyal to the House
of Seleucus and is lord of Pergamon and the valley of the
Caicus. He also gains influence in the Greek world.
adopts his nephews Attalus and Eumenes.
Death. He received divine honors as Euergetes