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Eurydice (in Greek Eυρυδικη) was daughter of Antipater and wife of Ptolemy, the son of Lagus. The period of her marriage is not mentioned by any ancient writer, but it is probable that it took place shortly after the partition of Triparadisus, and the appointment of Antipater to the regency, 321 BC. She was the mother of three sons, viz. Ptolemy Keraunos, Meleager, who succeeded his brother on the throne of Macedonia, and a third (whose name is not mentioned), put to death by Ptolemy II Philadelphus1; and of two daughters, Ptolemais, afterwards married to Demetrius Poliorcetes2, and Lysandra, the wife of Agathocles, son of Lysimachus.3 It appears, however, that Ptolemy, who, like all the other Greek princes of his day, had several wives at once, latterly neglected her for Berenice4; and it was probably from resentment on this account, and for the preference shewn to the children of Berenice, that she withdrew from the court of Egypt. In 287 BC we find her residing at Miletus, where she welcomed Demetrius Poliorcetes, and gave him her daughter Ptolemais in marriage, at a time when such a step could not but be highly offensive to Ptolemy.5

References

Smith, William (editor); Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, "Eurydice (4)", Boston, (1867)

Notes

1 Pausanias, Description of Greece, i. 7;

2 Plutarch, Parallel Lives, "Demetrius", 32, 46

3 Pausanias, i. 9

4 Plutarch, "Pyrrhus", 4

5 Ibid., "Demetrius", 46

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