By 309 BC, all of Alexander’s heirs had been executed. The Successors ended the pretense of fighting for the restoration of the empire, and proclaimed themselves kings. With the most powerful army of all the contenders, Antigonus made a bid to reunify the empire under his dominion in 302 BC. The other four Diadochi kings had formed an alliance to stop him. The allies met Antigonus’ army near Ipsus. The armies were evenly matched in foot, with the allies superior in horse and greatly superior in elephants. As the battle began, Antigonus’ cavalry charged against one of Seleucus' cavalry wings, routing it. Unfortunately, the Antigonid cavalry pursued too far, and then could not re-enter the battle because they were blocked by Seleucid elephants. This left Antigonus’ phalanx unsupported as the allied phalanx charged forward. Overwhelmed, Antigonus was killed and his phalanx broken. The remaining horse and some of the foot escaped, along with a young general who would make his presence felt later – Pyrrhus. With three kings and three future kings present, this had truly been “the Battle of the Kings.” The 81-year old Antigonus had never before lost a battle. His defeat and death brought an end the first phase of the Successor Wars and dashed any hope that the empire would be reunified.
The stage is set. The battle lines are drawn and you are in command. The rest is history.
Antigonus’ Successor Army (Use Greek blocks)
• Leader: Antigonus
• 5 Command Cards
• Move First
Seleucus’ Successor Army (Use Eastern Kingdom blocks)
• Leader: Seleucus and Lysimachus
• 6 Command Cards
Seleucus brought 400 elephants from India to the battle. You will need to deploy a Roman or Carthaginian unit of elephants from the core game as the fourth elephant unit of the Seleucid army.