The rightful One and the girl with the violet eyes.
The One, who walks through fire and does not burn.
The girl, born of the twelve.
Their fates mapped together become the fate of the Circle.
Through their union, the birthright of the Diadochi is uncovered.
The riches of Iskander, the power of Zeus, the means to vanquish the greatest enemies.
The One, when it is his, becomes invincible.



THE Attalid dynasty ruled an empire from their capital at Pergamon during the 3rd and 2nd century BCE. Fighting for their place in the turbulent world following the death of Alexander the Great, the Attalids briefly flourished with Pergamon becoming a great Hellenistic city famed for its culture, library, and Great Altar. However, the Attalid’s short-lived dynasty came to an abrupt end when mighty Rome began to flex its muscles and show greater ambition in Asia Minor and beyond.

With the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BCE, the empire he created was left without leadership - no heir and no successor. Out of a number of possible options, the immediate solution reached by his loyal commanders was to divide the kingdom among themselves.  The young general and bodyguard Lysimachus received the strategically valuable province of Thrace - a small kingdom located along the Hellespont. The Wars of the Diadochi brought him into a power struggle for lands in both Asia Minor and Macedon. His thirst for power enabled him to build alliances with a number of his fellow “kings” and even marry the daughter of Ptolemy I of Egypt, Arsinoe.

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Article by Donald L. Wasson on AHE


Books/ The Royal Tombs of Aigai:

Finds from the tomb of Alexander IV- son of Alexander the Great. (310 B.C) Alexander IV was about twelve years old at the time of his death. He was assassinated along with his mother Roxanne by order of Cassander, one of the diadochi.

A collection of silver banqueting utensils and vessels entombed with the prince.

Wall paintings from the frieze of the tomb depicting charriot racing. The silver cinerary hydria of Alexander IV with his oak wreath.

Decorative ivory and gold figures from the couch the prince was burned on.

From the book Aigai, the royal metropolis of the Macedonians, by Angeliki Kottaridi. Photography: Socrates Mavrommatis. (You can peruse the book here)



ON June 10, 323 BCE Alexander the Great died in Babylon.  Although historians have debated the exact cause most agree that the empire he built was left without adequate leadership for there was no clear successor or heir. 

The military commanders who had followed the king for over a decade across the sands of Asia were left to fight each other over their small piece of the territorial pie. These were the Wars of Succession or Wars of the Diadochi.  What followed were over three decades of intense rivalry.  In the end three dynasties would emerge, remaining in power until the time of the Romans.

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Article by Donald L. Wasson || Photos by Carole Raddato and Mark Cartwright on AHE