Agathocles of Pella
Agathocles was a Thessalian serf from Crannon. His father’s name may have been Alcimachus. It was through his flattery that Agathocles became an intimate friend of Philip II, who raised him to high rank. Agathocles was granted Macedonian citizenship for himself and his family. Agathocles shared in Philip II’s councils and Phillip II sent him to deal with the Perrhaebi and Agathocles took charge of affairs in that area.
There is a possibility that Phillip II rewarded Agathocles for his services with estates in Pella. Agathocles became a favorite in the Argead court in Pella and his family assimilated into Macedonian society.
Agathocles married an unnamed Greek woman, a local Thessalian, perhaps a woman called Arsinoe. With his wife they had four sons:
- Lund, Lysimachus: A Study in Early Hellenistic Kingship, p.2
- Heckel, Who’s who in the age of Alexander the Great: prosopography of Alexander’s empire, p.153
- Ancient Library Article: Agathocles no.1 Archived October 26, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
- Lund, Lysimachus: A Study in Early Hellenistic Kingship, p.3
- Lysimachus’ article at Livius.org