Battle of Corupedium

The Battle of Corupedium, also called Corupedion or Curupedion (Ancient Greek: Κύρου πεδίον or Κόρου πεδίον, "the plain of Kyros or Koros") was the last battle between the Diadochi, the rival successors to Alexander the Great. It was fought in 281 BC between the armies of Lysimachus and Seleucus I Nicator. Lysimachus had ruled Thrace for decades and parts of modern western Turkey ever since the Battle of Ipsus. Recently he had finally gained control over Macedon. Seleucus ruled the Seleucid Empire, including lands currently covered by modern eastern Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Iraq, and Iran. Almost nothing is known about the battle itself save that Seleucus won the battle. Lysimachus died during the fighting. According to Memnon of Heraclea's History of Heraclea Pontica, Lysimachus was killed by a javelin thrown by Malacon, a Heracleian soldier serving under Seleucus.[1]

Battle of Corupedium
Part of the Wars of the Diadochi
Plain of Corupedium.jpg
The plain of Corupedium
Date281 BC
Near Sardis

38°32′47″N 27°37′04″E / 38.546466°N 27.617792°E / 38.546466; 27.617792Coordinates: 38°32′47″N 27°37′04″E / 38.546466°N 27.617792°E / 38.546466; 27.617792
Result Decisive Seleucid victory
Hellenistic Thrace Seleucid Empire
Commanders and leaders
Lysimachus   Seleucus
Battle of Corupedium is located in West and Central Asia
Battle of Corupedium
Location of the Battle of Corupedium.
Battle of Corupedium is located in Turkey
Battle of Corupedium
Battle of Corupedium (Turkey)

Although the victory gave Seleucus nominal control over nearly every part of Alexander's empire, save the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, his victory was short-lived. After crossing the Hellespont to take possession of Lysimachus' European holdings not long after the battle, Seleucus was assassinated by Ptolemy Keraunos and Macedon swiftly became independent once again.


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