Argeads: name of the royal dynasty of Macedonia.
The Argeads, which are known from the late sixth century, were the royal house of ancient Macedonia, a country that was usually divided and ruled by kings without much power. The dynasty claimed to be protected by the sun and had a sun as heraldic symbol; the kings also claimed that Heracles was their ancestor.
The last four kings of the Argead house were:
|Alexander III the Great||336-323|
|Philip III Arrhidaeus||323-317|
After the death of the two last kings, Cassander became king of Macedonia. He was succeeded by the Antigonid dynasty.