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Eumenes I

(d. 241 bc)


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(d. 241 bc),

ruler of Pergamum, nephew and successor of Philetaerus, former treasurer of Lysimachus (263). Eumenes extended Pergamene control in Mysia and Aeolis and defeated Antiochus I near Sardis (262). Although he paid protection money to the Galatians he maintained a mercenary army, garrisoning i. a. the forts Philetaireia and Attaleia and controlling the port cities Elaia and Pitane. Pergamum enjoyed a constitution of democratic structure, though Eumenes, who as dynast stood outside the constitution, appointed the stratēgoi (chief magistrates) and so controlled the finances.

R. M. Errington

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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