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Leonnatus

(c. 358—322 bc)


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(c.358–322bc),

Macedonian nobleman, related to the royal house through Eurydīcē, mother of Philip II. As bodyguard of Philip, Leonnatus helped kill his murderer; under Alexander (2) the Great, whom he accompanied to Asia, he fulfilled diplomatic missions, rose to Bodyguard in 332, and participated in all further political and military events of Alexander's expedition. At Babylon (323) he was foreseen as protector for Roxanē's unborn child, but then received Hellespontine Phrygia as satrapy (see satrap). Both Antipater and Olympias offered him marriage alliances, but before either could be realized he was killed while moving to relieve Antipater in Lamia (322).

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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