Lysimachus (c.360-281 BC)
Lysimachus was a Macedonian companion of Alexander the Great before he became king. During Alexander's campaigns in Asia he served as a member of Alexander's bodyguard, but he only came to prominence after Alexander's death. In the initial distribution of provinces at Babylon in 323 BC, Lysimachus was given Thrace, the crucial land bridge between Macedonian and Asia. There he played an important but perhaps underappreciated role in maintaining the security of Greece against attack from the north and from rebellions in Thrace, one of which broke out in 323, preventing him from playing a role in the Lamian War.