The story of Antipater's life is virtually the story of Macedonia itself. He was an indispensable part of the glorious reigns of both Philip and Alexander and witnessed the rise of his homeland from a backwater to the greatest power in the world. He was born at the very beginning of the fourth century, probably in 398 BC Over fifteen years older than Philip II, the monarch with whom his career would be inextricably linked, his life began in the era of Xenophon and Socrates when the Spartan victory in the Peloponnesian war was a very recent memory.

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