Eurydice, queen consort of Macedonia

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Greek, Ancient: Εὐρυδίκη
Birthplace: Macedonia, Greece
Death: circa -365 (36-44)
Pella, Macedonia, Greece
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sirrhas and Irra
Wife of Amyntas III, king of Macedonia
Mother of Phillip II "The One Eye", king of Macedonia; Alexander II, king of Macedonia; Eurynoe and Perdiccas III, king of Macedonia

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About Eurydice, queen consort of Macedonia

Eurydice (Greek:Εὐρυδίκη) was a Macedonian queen, mother of Philip II and grandmother of Alexander the Great. She was married to King Amyntas III of Macedon and had four children: Alexander II, Perdiccas III, Philip II and Eurynoe.

Eurydice was the granddaughter of Arrhabaeus and daughter of Illyrian or Lyncestian Sirrhas[1]. Her stories of plots against her husband and her sons are fabricated and at odds with other historical evidence. According to Justin (vii. 4, 5), she engaged in a conspiracy with, a paramour against the life of her husband ; but though the plot was detected, she was spared by Amyntas out of regard to their common offspring. After the death of the latter (369 BC), his eldest son, Alexander II , who succeeded him on the throne, was murdered after a short reign by Ptolemy Alorites, and it seems probable that Eurydice was concerned in this plot also. From a comparison of the statements of Justin (vii. 5) and Diodorus (xv. 71, 77, xvi. 2), it would appear that Ptolemy was the paramour at whose instigation Eurydice had attempted the life of her husband; and she certainly seems to have made common cause with him after the assassination of her son. (Thirlwall's Greece, vol. y. p. 164.) But the appearance of another pretender to the throne, Pausanias, who was joined by the greater part of the Macedonians, reduced Eurydice to great difficulties, and led her to invoke the assistance of the Athenian general Iphicrates, who readily espoused her cause, drove out Pausanias, and reinstated Eurydice and Ptolemy in the full possession of Macedon, the latter being declared regent for the young king Perdiccas III. Justin represents Eurydice as having subsequently joined with Ptolemy in putting to death Perdiccas also ; but this is certainly a mistake. On the contrary, Perdiccas in fact put Ptolemy to death, and succeeded him on the throne: what part Eurydice took in the matter is unknown.

Two inscriptions, one dated in 340 BC, have been found in Vergina of Eurydika daughter of Sirras to goddess Eukleia [2][3].

Birth: 327 B.C?

Death: 365 B.C.?

Eurydice's father was Sirrhas Lyncestis and her mother was Aeropus Lyncestis. Her maternal grandparents were Aeropus Lyncestis and <Unknown>.

Euridice n. antes del 360 AC en Iliria, nieta de Arrabeo- Lincestis pequeño reino Griego.

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Eurydice, queen consort of Macedonia's Timeline

Macedonia, Greece
Age 22
Pella, Macedonia, Greece
Age 39
Pella, Macedonia, Greece
October 360
Age 40