Alexander the Great's heritage is extensive. Alexander's successors and their monarchies extended the influence of Greece, its language, culture, and government for more than 300 years. This is called the Hellenist Period. New cities enhanced trade, commerce, government, and education of the post-Alexander Greek world.
Upon his death in June 323 BCE, Alexander the Great gave each of his four closest companions a portion of his empire. The following show the territories, recipients, and early coins issued by the new rulers.
* Territorial Dominions – The Kingdom of Macedonia and Greece
Recipient - Kassander (319 to 297 BCE) Alexander's general received his leader's kingdom.
Coin – Silver Tetradrachm of Alexander the Great. During Alexander rule, he claimed patrimonial descent of Hercules. On his coins, Alexander portrayed himself as young Hercules.
* Territorial Dominions - The Kingdom of Trace and most of Asia Minor
Recipient - Lysmachos (323 to 281 BCE), bodyguard and confident to Alexander.
Early Coin - Silver Tetradrachm of Lysmachos. Obverse: The head of Alexander wearing the Egyptian horn of Ammon.
* Territorial Dominions – The Ptolomeic Kingdom of Egypt, Palestine, Cilicia, Petra
Recipient - Ptolomy I, Soter (302 to 283 BCE) a former general of Alexander.
Early Coin - Silver Tetradrachm of Ptolomy I.
* Territorial Dominions - Seleucid Kingdom including rest of Asia, Syria, Babylon, Persia, and India
Recipient - Seleucus I Nicator (312 to 280 BCE), a general to Alexander.
Early Coin - Silver Tetrachloride of Seleucus I.
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