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by the author of this article (Comment. Elcat. Al- tona, 1815) ; but the best and most careful col­ lection is that of S. Karsten, who made use of the MS. apparatus of the great Jul. Scaliger, which is preserved in the library of Leyden. It forms the second part of the first volume of Philosophorum Graecorum Veterum Oper. Reliqidae, Amstelod. 1835. [Cn.A.B.]

PARMENION (UapfjLevluv). 1. Son of Phi-lotas, a distinguished Macedonian general in the service of Philip of Macedon and Alexander the Great. Notwithstanding the prominent place that he holds in history we know nothing either of his family and origin, or of the services by which he had attained the high reputation of which we find him possessed when his name first appears. As he was considerably older than Philip, having been born about b. c. 400 (see Curt, vii. 2. § 33) it is probable that he had already dis­tinguished himself during the reign of Amyntas II., but the first mention of his name occurs in the year 356, when we find him entrusted with the chief command in the war against the Illyrians, whom he defeated in a great battle (Plut. Aleoc. 3). Throughout the reign of Philip he enjoyed the highest place in the confidence of that monarch, both as his friend and counsellor, and as a general: the king's estimation of his merits in the latter capacity may be gathered from his well known remark, that he had never been able to find more than one general, and that was Parmenion. (Plut. Apophth. p. 177, c.) Yet the occasions on which his name is specially mentioned during the reign of Philip are not numerous. In b. c. 346 we find him engaged in the siege of Halus in Thessaly (Dem. de F. L. p. 392), and shortly after he was sent by Philip, together with Antipater and Eu-rylochus, as ambassador to Athens, to obtain the ratification of the proposed peace from the Athe­nians and their allies. (Id. ib. p. 362 ; Arg. ad Or. de. F. L. p. 336.) In b. c. 342, while Philip was in Thrace, Parmenion carried on operations in Euboea, where he supported the Macedonian party at Eretria, and subsequently besieged and took the city of Oreus, and put to death Euphraeus, the leader of the opposite faction. (Dem. Phil. iii. p. 126 ; Athen. xi. p. 508.) When Philip at length began to turn his views seriously towards the conquest of Asia b. c. 336, he sent forward Parmenion and Attalus with an army, to carry on preliminary operations in that country, and secure a firm footing there by liberating some of the Greek cities. (Diod. xvi. 91, xvii. 2 ; Justin. ix. 5.) They had, however, little time to accomplish any­thing before the assassination of Philip himself entirely changed the aspect of affairs: Attalus was bitterly hostile to the young king, but Pannenion was favourably disposed towards him, and readily joined with Hecataeus, who was sent by Alex­ander to Asia, in effecting the removal of Attalus by assassination. By this means he secured the attachment of the army in Asia to the young king: he afterwards carried on some military operations of little importance in the Troad, but must have returned to Europe before the com­mencement of the year 334, as we find him taking part in the deliberations of Alexander previous to his setting out on the expedition into Asia. (Diod. xvii. 2, 5,7,16 ; Curt. vii. 1. § 3.)

Throughout the course of that expedition the services rendered by Parmenion to the young king

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were of the most important kind. His age and long established reputation as a military com­mander naturally gave great weight to his advice and opinion ; and though his counsels, leaning generally to the side of caution, were frequently overruled by the impetuosity of the youthful monarch, they were always listened to with de­ference, and sometimes followed even in opposition to the opinion of Alexander himself. (Arrian. iii. 9.) His special post appears to have been that of commander-in-chief of the Macedonian infantry (Diod. xvii. 17), but it is evident that he acted, and was generally regarded as second in command to Alexander himself. Thus", at the three great battles of the Granicus, Issus and Arbela, while the king in person commanded the right wing of the army, Parmenion was placed at the head of the left, and contributed essentially to the victory on all those memorable occasions. (Arr. Anab. i. 14, ii. 8, iii. 11, 14,15 ; Curt. iii. 9. § 8, iv. 13. § 35, 15. § 6, 16. § 1—7 ; Diod. xvii. 19, 60.) Again, whenever Alexander divided his forces, and either hastened forward in person with the light-armed troops, or on the contrary, des­patched a part of his army in advance, to occupy some important post, it was always Parmenion that was selected to command the division where the king was not present in person. (Arr. Anab. i. 11, 17, 18, 24, ii. 4, 5, 11, iii. 18; Curt. iii. 7. § 6, v. 3. § 16 ; Diod. xvii. 32.) The confidence reposed in him by Alexander appears to have been unbounded, and he is continually spoken of as the most attached of the king's friends, and as holding, beyond all question, the second place in the state. Among other important employments we find him selected, after the battle of Issus, to take possession of the treasures deposited by Dareius at Damascus (Arr. ii. 11, 15; Curt. iii. 12,13) : and again at a later period when Alex­ander himself determined to push on into the wilds of Parthia and Hyrcania in pursuit of Dareius, he left Parmenion in Media with a large force, with instructions to see the royal treasures taken in Persia safely deposited in the citadel of Ecbatana, under the charge of Harpalus, and then to rejoin Alexander and the main army in Hyr­cania. (Arr. iii. 19 ; Justin. xii. 1.)

But before the end of the year 330, while Parmenion still remained in Media in pursuance of these orders, the discovery took place in Dran-giana of the plot against the king's life, in \vhich Philotas, the only surviving son of Parmenion, was supposed to be implicated [philotas] : and the confession wrung from the latter by the tor­ture not only admitted his own guilt, but involved his father also in the charge of treasonable designs against the life of Alexander. (Curt. vi. 11. § 21 —30.) Whether the king really believed in the guilt of Parmenion, or deemed his life a necessary sacrifice to policy after the execution of his son, it is impossible for us to decide, but the sentence ot the aged general was pronounced by the assembled Macedonian troops, and Polydamas was despatched in all haste into Media with orders to the officers next in command under Parmenion to carry it into execution before he could receive the tidings of his son's death. The mandate was quickly obe3red, and Parmenion was assassinated by Cleander with his own hand. (Arr. Anab. iii 26 ; Curt. vii. 2. §11—33; Diod. xvii. 80; Pint. Alex. 49 ; Justin. xii. 5 ; Strab. xv. p. 724.)

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