Amyntas II of Macedon

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Bronze of Amyntas II. The male deity on the obverse is unidentified, but the wolf on the reverse is taken from the coins of Argos, the alleged origin of the Argead kings. His name is spelt [A]MYNT[A].[1]

Amyntas II (Greek: Ἀμύντας Βʹ) or Amyntas the Little, was the king of Macedonia for a short time, circa 393 BC. Thucydides describes him as a son of Philip, the brother of king Perdiccas II.[2] He first succeeded his father in his appanage in Upper Macedonia, but Perdiccas II wished to deprive Amyntas of the appanage, as he had before endeavoured to wrest it from Philip. This project had however been hindered by the Athenians.

In 429 BC Amyntas, aided by Sitalces, king of the Odrysian Kingdom, actively sought to contest with Perdiccas the throne of Macedonia itself; but the latter contrived to obtain a peace agreement through the mediation of Seuthes, the nephew of the Thracian king.[3] Therefore, Amyntas was obliged to content himself with his hereditary principality.

He nonetheless became king c.393 after the death of Aeropus II, but he was soon after assassinated by a Elimieotan nobleman named Derdas. He was succeeded by Pausanias, his nephew.[1]

Macedon in the Time of Amyntas II


  1. ^ a b Hoover, Handbook of Coins of Macedon, Part I, p. 295.
  2. ^ Thucydides, ii. 95.
  3. ^ Thucydides, ii. 101.


  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainElder, Edward (1870). "Amyntas". In Smith, William. Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 1. p. 154.
  • Oliver D. Hoover, Handbook of Coins of Macedon and Its Neighbors. Part I: Macedon, Illyria, and Epeiros, Sixth to First Centuries BC [The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series, Volume 3], Lancaster/London, Classical Numismatic Group, 2016.
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