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317 B.C. Olympiad 115.4


Consuls: Q. Aemilius Q.f. Barbula, C. Junius C.f. Bubulcus Brutus
Athenian archon: Demogenes

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1 MES << Eumenes marches to the east, and crosses the Tigris despite opposition from Seleucus and Pithon.
* Read Diodorus' account
+Diod_18.73'2-3, 19.12.3-13'7; { Errington_p26; Anson_xi.}
1a EXT << The satraps of the Eastern provinces unite to pre-empt an attack by Pithon.
+Diod_19.14'1-3.
2 GRE The Athenians agree terms with Cassander, who sets up Demetrius of Phalerum as their leader.
* Read Diodorus' account
+MarmPar_B'13; +Diod_18.74'1-3, 20.45'5; Nepos_1.6'4; DionHal:Din_2, 9; Strab_9'398;(1.20)  Paus_1.25'6; DiogLaert_5'75; { CAH_7.1'493; Errington_p25.}
3 Cassander puts Nicanor to death.
* Read Diodorus' account
+Diod_18.75'1; Polyaen_4.11'2; Trog:Prol_14; { Green_685.}
4 MAC Cassander invades Macedonia and expels Polyperchon.
* Read Diodorus' account
+Diod_18.75'1-2, 19.35'7; { Anson_xi.}
5 MAC Eurydice appoints Cassander regent in place of Polyperchon.
* Read Justin's account
~Just_14.5'3-4; ~Oros_3.23'29;L  { CAH_7.1'44; Errington_p26.}
6 PER Eumenes joins up with the Eastern satraps and assumes overall command of their army.
* Read Diodorus' account
~FGrH_155.3'2; +Diod_18.73'4, 19.14'4-15'6; { Anson_xi=316.}
7 Polyperchon reoccupies Macedonia with help from Olympias, and captures Philippus and Eurydice.
* Read Diodorus' account
+Diod_19.11'2-3; Paus_1.11'3; Athen_13.560'f; Just_14.5'9-10; Oros_3.23'30;L  { Errington_p27; Anson_xi.}
8 PER { June } Antigonus advances to Susa, but is prevented by Eumenes from crossing the river Coprates.
* Read Diodorus' account
+Diod_19.17'1-18'7; Plut:Eum_14'1-3; { Anson_xi=316.}
9 Peucestes holds a magnificent banquet for the army at Persepolis.
* Read Diodorus' account
+Diod_19.21'1-24'3; Plut:Eum_14'4-11; Polyaen_4.8'3.
10 MAC General comments on the feeble-minded character of Philippus Arrhidaeus.
* Read Sulpitius' account
Sen:Ben_4.31'1; Plut:Mor_791'E; Sulpit_2'17.
11 Olympias kills Philippus, and forces Eurydice to commit suicide.
* Read Diodorus' account
~FGrH_155.1'5, 2'2; +Diod_19.11'4-7; Paus_1.11'4, 25'6, 8.7'7; Aelian:VH_13'36; Just_14.5'10; [Euseb]:Chron_159,(↓)  229,(↓)  231; +Hieron:Chron_1700; Oros_3.23'30;L  { CAH_7.1'44; Errington_p27; although Diodorus implies that Philippus died in October 317, a recently deciphered Babylonian text appears to say that he died on 25 December.}
12 The beginning of the reign of Alexander IV.
SelPap_1.1'1; +AstrCan_3.
13 The beginning of the reign of Cassander, according to some calculations.
+[Euseb]:Chron_231, 241, 245;(↓)  +Hieron:Chron_1700; ExcBarb_44A; ChronSynt_90;(↓)  { Eusebius says that he has added the year when Olympias was in control to the reign of Cassander, and counts his years from the death of Philippus.}
14 PER The beginning of the reign of Antigonus, according to some calculations.
BabylChron_IM.65066; +[Euseb]:Chron_247, 261;(↓)  +Hieron:Chron_1699; { Eusebius appears to have mistakenly dated this back to 318 B.C.; but Antigonus did not actually call himself king until many years later.}
15 PEL Cassander invades the Peloponnese, and the Spartans build walls round their city as a defence against him.
~Just_14.5'5-7; { ~CAH_7.1'44; Green_20.}
16 SIC << Agathocles gathers an army of supporters, supposedly for a campaign against Erbita.
+Diod_19.6'1-3; { Green_685..}
17 ITA The Romans capture Forentum, and the rest of Apulia submits to them.
* Read Livy's account
+Diod_19.65'7; +Liv_9.20'7-9; { CAH_7.2'661.}
18 PER The armies of Eumenes and Antigonus march to meet each other, but Eumenes falls sick.
* Read Diodorus' account
+Diod_19.24'4-26'9; Plut:Eum_15'1-3.
19 { ? July/August } A drawn battle between Eumenes and Antigonus at Paraetacene.
* Read Diodorus' account
+Diod_19.26'10-31'5; Nepos_18.8'1; Polyaen_4.6'10; { OCD_e; Anson_xi=316.}
20 MAC Olympias massacres her opponents in Macedonia.
* Read Diodorus' account
+Diod_19.11'8-9; Plut:Alex_77'2; Paus_1.11'4; Just_14.6'1; Oros_3.23'31;L  { Errington_p27; Hölbl_p17.}
21 ASI Document: OGIS_4, a decree of Nasos in Aeolis, in honour of Thersippus.
22 MES {October} Seleucus recaptures the palace at Babylon.
+BabylChron_3'O33-37.
23 PER Antigonus and Eumenes rest their armies: the wife of the Indian general Ceteus is burnt on his funeral pyre.
* Read Diodorus' account
+Diod_19.32'1-34'8; Nepos_18.8'1-2.
24 {December} Antigonus marches through a desolate region to launch a surprise attack on Eumenes, but his army reveals its position by lighting fires.
* Read Diodorus' account
+Diod_19.37'1-6; Nepos_18.8'4-9'1; Plut:Eum_15'4-7; Polyaen_4.6'11.
25 Eumenes tricks Antigonus into delaying his attack.
* Read Diodorus' account
+Diod_19.38'1-6; Nepos_18.9'1-10'1; Plut:Eum_15'8-13; Polyaen_4.8'4.
27 EXT ?? Sandracottus frees India from Macedonian control.
* Read Justin's account
Just_15.4'12-20; Oros_3.23'45;L  { It is assumed that Sandracottus (Chandragupta) took advantage of the conflict between the Macedonian generals, which led to the depletion of the Macedonian garrisons in the east.}
28 ETR == The Romans draw up a new constitution for Antium.
+Liv_9.20'10.
29 ITA == The people of Croton make peace with the Bruttii, and defeat a group of exiles who attempt to force their way back into the city.
+Diod_19.10'3-4.

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