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(Ἅρπαλος; Hárpalos). Son of Machatas, nephew of  Derdas [3] and  Phila from the dynasty of  Elimea (Ath. 13,557c), in his youth a friend of  Alexander [4] the Great and, in 337 BC, banned by  Philippus II together with the others. Physically unfit for active service, he became Alexander's treasurer (Arr. Anab. 3,6,6). At the end of 334, he fled to Megara for reasons unknown, but he was given back his old post by Alexander in the spring of 331. In 330, he remained in  Ecbatana for guarding the booty transported from Persepolis and, together with his countryman  Cleander, probably took part in murdering  Parmenion. Assigned to Babylon, where the main part of the royal treasure was stored, he resided in the palace and became notorious for his indulgent lifestyle at the expense of the treasure, mainly because of his Athenian  hetaerae  Pythionice and  Glycera [1] whom he showered with honours and precious objects. H…

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Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA), “Harpalus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 17 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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