chapter  2
Thrace and Pontus
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Cum inter successores eius provinciae dividerentur, ferocissimae gentes quasi omnium fortissimo adsignatae sunt (Justin XV.III.15.).

The glowing terms in which Justin describes the assignment of Thrace in 323 BC to Lysimachus may be suspect, given the panegyric context in which these lines appear. Nevertheless, the record of events in Thrace in the years immediately preceding his appointment supports the idea that he was chosen primarily for a military reputation which may have compensated for a lack of previous experience in government.