A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology

Smith, William

A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology. William Smith, LLD, ed. 1890

(Ἀλέξανδρος), commander of the horse in the army of ANTIGONUS DOSON during the war against Cleomenes III. of Sparta. (Plb. 2.66.) He fought against Philopoemen, then a young man, whose prudence and valour forced him to a disadvantageous engagement at Sellasia. (2.68.) This Alexander is probably the same person as the one whom Antigonus, as the guardian of Philip, had appointed commander of Philip's body-guard, and who was calumniated by Apelles. (4.87.) Subsequently he was sent by Philip as ambassador to Thebes, to persecute Megaleas. (5.28.) Polybius states, that at all times he manifested a most extraordinary attachment to his king. (7.12.)