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was a titular king of Macedon
Macedonia or Macedon was an ancient kingdom, centered in the northeastern part of the Greek peninsula, bordered by Epirus to the west, Paeonia to the north, the region of Thrace to the east and Thessaly to the south....
ia in 359 BC and member of the Argead dynasty
The Argead dynasty was an ancient Greek royal house. They were the ruling dynasty of Macedonia from about 700 to 310 BC. Their tradition, as described in ancient Greek historiography, traced their origins to Argos, in southern Greece...
Amyntas was a son of King Perdiccas III of Macedon
Perdiccas III was king of Macedonia from 368 to 359 BC, succeeding his brother Alexander II.Son of Amyntas III and Eurydice, he was underage when Alexander II was killed by Ptolemy of Aloros, who then ruled as regent. In 365, Perdiccas killed Ptolemy and assumed government.Of the reign of...
. He was born in about 365 BC. After his father's death in 359 BC he became king, but he was only an infant. Philip II of Macedon
Philip II of Macedon "friend" + ἵππος "horse" — transliterated ; 382 – 336 BC), was a king of Macedon from 359 BC until his assassination in 336 BC. He was the father of Alexander the Great and Philip III.-Biography:...
, Perdiccas' brother, became his tutor and regent
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. In that same year Philip declared himself king of Macedonia, expropriating his young nephew.
Amyntas was not judged dangerous enough to be a menace to Philip, who even gave him his daughter Cynane
Cynane was half-sister to Alexander the Great, and daughter of Philip II by Audata, an Illyrian princess....
in marriage. The succession of Amyntas' cousin Alexander
in 336 BC changed things - he immediately had Amyntas executed. Eurydice II of Macedon
Eurydice was an ancient Macedonian queen, wife of king Amyntas III of Macedon.She was the daughter of Sirras, an Illyrian noble based in Lyncestis, Upper Macedonia...
was Amyntas' daughter.