chapter  iii
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Casualties of the Succession

The triumph of the 'New Men' proved both ephemeral and incomplete. At Triparadeisos in northern Syria (320 B.C.), the Makedonian empire redefined itself and submitted to the will of two grisled veterans, Antipatros son of Iolaos and Antigonos Monophthalmos ('the OneEyed'). The champions of its integrity were outlawed by the assembled veterans of the eastern campaigns, while the guardians of the Kings pursued a relentless course of separatism. Antipatros, who had quietly resisted Alexander's authority, reluctantly escorted the inept living symbols of Argead rule to Europe; clearly, he would have preferred to leave them in Asia. To Antigonos he assigned the extirpation of the Perdikkan party — now dispersed among the forces of Eumenes, Perdikkas' brother Alketas, and Attalos son of Andromenes — thereby supplying both the resources for, and the impediments to, the rise of Asia Minor's oldest satrap.