Alketas I.

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Alketas I ( Greek  Ἀλκέτας ; * around 410 BC ; † 370 BC ), ruled from around 385 BC. Until his death as king of the Molossians and hegemon of Epirus . He came from the Aiakid family ; his father was King Tharyps .

The beginning of the rule of Alketas was overshadowed by devastating civil and throne wars, because the Epirotian tribes did not recognize the kingship without contradictions. Alketas was driven out of the country but was able to return with the help of the city of Syracuse and the Illyrians . He also allied himself with the tyrant Jason of Pherai and became a member of the second Attic League . Under Alketas the League of the Epiroten came into the light of history. The united tribes were able to secure far-reaching political rights, whereby the royal power in Epirus was permanently restricted. Nevertheless, Alketas was able to extend his rule north to the Adriatic coast and assert himself as king of the Epirots.

Alketas had two sons, Neoptolemus I and Arybbas , who succeeded him in the rule.


predecessor Office successor
Tharyps King of the Molossians
Hegemon of Epirus

385-370 BC Chr.
Neoptolemus I.