Menes of Pella

Menes of Pella (Ancient Greek: Μένης), son of Dionysius, was one of the officers of Alexander the Great; and after the Battle of Issus (333 BC) was admitted by the king into the number of his somatophylakes, in the place of Balacrus, who was promoted to the satrapy of Cilicia.

Coinage of Alexander the Great 336-323 BC, Tarsos mint, struck under Balakros or Menes, circa 332/1-327 BC.
Coinage of Alexander the Great struck under Balakros or Menes circa 333-327 BC.

In 331 BC, after Alexander had occupied Susa, he sent Menes down to the Mediterranean to take the government of Syria, Phoenicia, and Cilicia, entrusting him at the same time with 3000 talents, a portion of which he was to transmit to Antipater for his war with the Lacedaemonians.[1] He was a Hyparch, and in this position, he may have been responsible for overseeing the existing administration as far as Cilicia.[1] Apollodorus of Amphipolis was joined with him in this command.

He issued coinage, often bearing his initial "M".[1]

His successor is unknown, and his position may have only been temporary, to managed conquered territory in the west while Alexander was campaigning further east.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Heckel, Waldemar (2008). Who's Who in the Age of Alexander the Great: Prosopography of Alexander's Empire. John Wiley & Sons. p. 179. ISBN 9781405154697.


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