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Demaratus (hetairos)

For the Corinthian of the 7th century, see Demaratus of Corinth

Demaratus (Greek: Δημάρατος) was a Corinthian prominent amongst the pro-Macedonians and connected by hospitality with the family of Philip of Macedon. It was through the mediation of Demaratus that Alexander was able to return home from Illyria. (Alexander had left Macedon for Illyria following his quarrel with his father after the marriage of Philip to Cleopatra.)[1]

Demaratus was almost certainly present in Aegae when Philip was assassinated in 336 BC, and in 334 BC he accompanied Alexander on the Asiatic expedition as one of his hetairoi. He is said to have wept with joy to see Alexander seated on Darius' throne at Susa. Demaratus died shortly before the Indian campaign; his remains were sent back to Corinth with appropriate honours.


  1. ^ Smith, Sir William (1849). A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology. p. 949. Retrieved 29 August 2015.

  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "Demaratus (3)". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.