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Thessaloniki - Alexander's sister

 
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Tino



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2003 3:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Thessaloniki - Alexander's sister Reply with quote

magika wrote:
Why is it that we don't hear of his sister Thessaloniki at all anywhere?

Could anyone tell me?


From what I read she was only his half sister, and not anyone of consequence until Cassander married her in order to claim legitimacy to the throne after Alex the Great's death.
Her father was Phillip II but her mother was not Olympia, I'll see if I can find out more info.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2003 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is not much (on the internet anyhow) about Thessaloniki the woman. Only about how she got her name and her marriage to Cassander.

Here's a link summarizing the city and it's history from a respected Dutch encyclopedia company:

http://en2.***/wiki/Thessalonica
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2003 11:35 pm    Post subject: Macedonian speaking... Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2003 11:45 pm    Post subject: Cleopatra-Thessaloniki Reply with quote

By the way the only 'real' sister of Alexander (from the same father and mother, Philip & Olympias) was Cleopatra and they had a very special relationship, they loved each other more than anything. As it is well known, Philip had a few wives. Thessaloniki was a younger sister of his who later on got married to Cassander and a seaside city was named after her to the place where Therma was. Therma still exists and it is a Thessaloniki city area. Thessaloniki means the 'victory (niki/nike) in Thessaly'. Philip named his daughter like that after a victorious battle in Thessaly (another greek state).
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2003 3:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thessalonike married Kassandros right after he captured her and Olympias in Pydna in 317. I doubt she had much choice in the matter -- he executed Olympias in 316 and probably would have killed Thessalonike too had she not complied with him.

They had three sons: Philippos, Antipatros, and Alexandros. According to Pausanias, after Kassandros died (luridly described as being devoured by "worms while yet alive") Philippos became king but died shortly thereafter of a wasting disease. Antipatros inherited the throne, but murdered his mother on suspicion of her being too fond of the youngest brother, Alexandros. Alexandros then allied with Demetrios Poliorketes (son of Antigonos) and they desposed Antipatros, but then Demetrios double-crossed and killed Alexandros.

Charming tale, no? Alexander's nephews all came to bad ends -- Neoptolemos, son of his full-sister Kleopatra, was murdered by Pyrrhos IIRC.
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