288 B.C. Olympiad 123.1

Consuls: Q. Marcius Q.f. Tremulus (II), P. Cornelius A.f. Arvina (II)
Athenian archon: Cimon
Olympic victor in the stadion race: Antigonus of Macedonia (II)

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1 MAC Ptolemy, Lysimachus, and Pyrrhus form a coalition against Demetrius.
* Read Plutarch's account
~Plut:Pyrrh_10'6-11'2, ~:Demetr_44'1-3; Paus_1.9'8; Just_16.2'1; Oros_3.23'53-54; { ~CAH_7.1'108; Errington_p55.}
2 SIC << Death of Agathocles son of Agathocles, allegedly murdered by Archagathus the grandson of Agathocles.
* Read Diodorus' account
~Diod_21.16'1-3; Just_23.2'5; Trog:Prol_23; { ~CAH_7.1'409.}
3 ?? Agathocles enlists the Mamertines as mercenaries.
4 ?? Agathocles breaks an oath, in order to slaughter some of his enemies.
5 ?? Agathocles embellishes Syracuse with new public buildings.
6 ?? Agathocles tries to disguise his baldness by wearing a wreath of myrtle.
7 ?? Sayings of Agathocles, alluding to his origins as a potter, and in response to insults from a city which he was besieging.
* Read Plutarch's account
Athen_11.466'a<q" Caecilius>; Plut:Mor_176'E-F, 458'E-F, 544'B-C.
8 ++ General remarks on the character and career of Agathocles.
* Read Polybius' account
Polyb_9.23'2, 12.15'1-11, 15.35'1-7; Diod_19.1'5-8, 21.17'1-4; Suda_A'117, K'214.
9 << The death of Agathocles, king of Syracuse.
* Read Justin's account
Lucian:Macr_10<q" Democh_5>; Polyb_12.15'3; Diod_20.101'3, ~21.16'4-6; ~Just_23.2'6-13; Trog:Prol_23; { CAH_7.1'409; OCD_a.}
10 GRE << Poseidippus of Cassandreia produces his first comedy.
Suda_P'2111; { OCD_p.}
10a << Document: Epicur:Fr_169, a letter from Epicurus to Phyrson.
10b ?? Document: Syll_369, a statue of Pyrrhus at Callipolis in Aetolia.
10c AEG ?? Document: SEG_55.922, a decree of Cos offering thanks to the cities of Thessaly.
10d ?? Document: IG_12.9.207, regulations for the Dionysia and Demetrieia games in Euboea.
11 ASI << Document: SEG_35.926 & BD_10 (Syll_368), decrees of the Ionian League in honour of Hippodamus and Hippostratus of Miletus. { Errington_p58.}
11a ?? Document: THI_110, a decree of Ephesus in honour of an officer of Lysimachus.
11b ?? Lysimachus refounds Ephesus on a new site.
* Read Strabo's account
AnthPal_9.424; Syll_1182; Strab_14'640;(1.21)  Frontin:Str_3.3'7; Paus_1.9'7, 7.3'4-5; Polyaen_5.19'1; { See H.S.Lund, Lysimachus, p.92.}
12 PON ?? The foundation of the city of Amastris, by Amastris the mother of the tyrants of Heracleia.
* Read Strabo's account
Strab_12'544,(3.10)  '553;(3.26)  Memn_4'9, 5'4.
13 ?? Amastris is murdered by her sons.
14 THR Demetrius advances against Lysimachus, but returns when he receives news of Pyrrhus' capture of Beroea.
* Read Plutarch's account
~Plut:Pyrrh_11'3-7, ~:Demetr_44'4-6; Paus_1.10'2; { Green_127.}
15 ?? Lachares escapes to Lysimacheia after Sestus is captured.
Polyaen_3.7'3; { Polyaenus gives no indication of the date, but it is likely to have been part of an attack by Demetrius on Lysimachus.}
16 SIC Menon assassinates Archagathus.
17 MAC Demetrius' army deserts to Pyrrhus, and Demetrius loses control of Macedonia.
* Read Plutarch's account
Cic:Off_2'26; ~Plut:Pyrrh_11'8-14, ~:Demetr_44'7-10; Paus_1.10'2, 12'3; Just_16.2'2-3; Trog:Prol_16; +[Euseb]:Chron_233, 241, 245;(↓)  +Hieron:Chron_1729; Oros_3.23'55; Malal_196; { OCD_d; Errington_p55.}
18 Lysimachus captures Amphipolis.
Polyaen_4.12'2; { Green_127.}
19 The partition of Macedonia between Pyrrhus and Lysimachus.
* Read Plutarch's account
~Plut:Pyrrh_12'1; Paus_1.10'2; [Euseb]:Chron_233, 241, 245;(↓)  { CAH_7.1'108, CAH_7.2'462.}
20 SIC The Mamertines agree to leave Syracuse, but afterwards seize the city of Messana.
* Read Diodorus' account
Polyb_1.7'1-5, 3.26'6; ~Diod_21.18'1-2; Strab_6'268;(2.3)  DioCass_fr.40'6; Zonar_8'8;(p381)  { CAH_7.2'474, '665; OCD_mess.}
21 PEL Demetrius tours the Greek states in an attempt to rally support.
~Plut:Demetr_45'1-5; { Green_128.}
22 ROM ?? "Triumviri capitales" are appointed for the first time.

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