Perdiccas

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Perdiccas

(pərdĭk`əs), d. 321 B.C., Macedonian general under Alexander the Great. After the death of Alexander (323) he ruled as regent from Babylon. He strove in vain to hold the empire together, but was opposed by others of the DiadochiDiadochi
[Gr.,=successors], the Macedonian generals and administrators who succeeded Alexander the Great. Alexander's empire, the largest that the world had known to that time, was quickly built. At his death in 323 B.C. it disintegrated even more quickly.
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. He was defeated by Ptolemy I in Egypt and was killed in a mutiny of his troops.
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Perdiccas

 

Born circa 365 B.C.; died 321 B.C. in Egypt. Bodyguard and military commander of Alexander the Great; one of the Diadochoi. After the death of Alexander, Perdiccas was regent of Macedonia from 323 to 321 B.C. He was killed by conspirators from among his own generals during a campaign against Ptolemy I, ruler of Egypt.

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In accordance with this strategy Alexander divided his army into two main columns: one division he put under the command of Hephaestion and Perdikkas and dispatched them most probably through Khyber Pass to capture the Peshawar Valley11.
Perdikkas' friends provided guides through Thessaly and perhaps supplies also: certainly, when he reached his destination, Brasidas had all his supplies met by Perdikkas and the Chalkidians.(9)
He had been the right hand man of Perdikkas, the first regent of the empire after Alexander's death, until he betrayed him and assisted in his assassination.