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Cleitus (2), 'the White', Macedonian commander, d. 318 BCE

Albert Brian Bosworth

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics


Published online July 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780199381135 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199381135.013.1658

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Cleitus, (d. 318 bce) Macedonian officer, held senior infantry and cavalry commands under *Alexander (3) the Great (from 327) and returned to the west with *Craterus (1) and the veterans of Opis (324. As Craterus’ admiral he won two (?) naval victories which sealed Athens’ fate in the *Lamian War (322, and was rewarded for his continued loyalty in the war against *Perdiccas (3) (Justin falsely implies that he defected) with the satrapy of *Lydia (321. Expelled by *Antigonus (1) I (319/18), he assumed command of the fleet which *Polyperchon sent to check Antigonus’ ambitions in the *Propontis. Initially successful, he was surprised and crushingly defeated by Antigonus. He died alone in *Thrace.

Article.  165 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Greek History

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