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MACEDONIA-SUCCESSORS OF ALEXANDER.

formidable antagonists, a foe still more to be dreaded appeared in

Pyrrhus, king of Epirus. With him he went to war, but on approaching the

borders of his adversary large bodies of the troops of Demetrius went

over to the enemy, and he was obliged not only to abandon the campaign,

but also to leave his own kingdom to the combined ravages of Pyrrhus and

Lysimachus. The Macedonian, however, continued the war in Asia Minor,

until he was betrayed by his son-in-law, Seleucus, surrendered to his

enemy, cast into prison, and brought to his death.

In the mean time Ptolemy Soter was succeeded in Egypt by his son,

Ptolemy Philadelphus-presumably so called because he did not love his

brother; for Ptolemy Ceraunus, the oldest son of Soter, was displaced by

that ruler in favor of the younger, who became his successor. Arsinoe,

the sister of Philadelphus, was married to Lysimachus, and him she is

said to have instigated to murder his brilliant son Agathocles-an event

which made the king an object of execration in all the West. His

punishment was left to Seleucus, who, in B. C. 281, marched into Asia

Minor, met Lysimachus on the field of Corupedion and slew him in battle.

Before leaving his capital, however, the now aged Seleucus had virtually

abdicated the government in favor of his son, Antiochus, in whose hands

he placed his young wife Stratonice.

In these acts the venerable monarch was largely influenced by a desire

which had possessed him to revisit his native Macedonia. As soon as the

battle of Corupedion had been decided in his favor, he continued his

course to the West, and was presently rewarded with a sight of his

native hills, which he had not beheld for fifty-two years. Soon

afterwards, while with an old man's curiosity he was examining an

ancient altar, Ptolemy Ceraunus, who had accompanied him on his return

into Macedonia, stole behind and