Argaeus II of Macedon


Argaeus II of Macedon

Argaeus II of Macedon was a pretender to the crown, who, with the assistance of the Illyrians, expelled Amyntas III. from his dominions (393 BC), and kept possession of the throne for two years. Amyntas then, with the aid of the Thessalians, succeeded in expelling Argaeus and recover­ing at least a part of his dominions. It is probably the same Argaeus who in 359 BC again appears as a pretender to the throne. He had induced the Athenians to support his pretensions, but Philip II, who had just succeeded to the regency of the king­dom, by his intrigues and promises induced them to remain inactive. Argaeus upon this collected a body of mercenaries, and being accompanied by some Macedonian exiles and some Athenian troops, who were permitted by their general, Manlias, to join him, he made an attempt upon Aegae, but was repulsed. On his retreat to Methone, he was intercepted by Philip, and defeated. What be­ came of him we are not informed.

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