Cassander was a contemporary of Alexander the Great and was in Babylon when he died in in 323 BCE. The son of Antipater, one of Alexanders senior generals who was appointed regent on his death. He came to be the most hostile of the Diadochi (successors) to his Alexanders memory, ordering the murder of his wife, mother and an illegitimate son. He managed to grab and hold onto Macedon and much of Greece, proclaiming himself king in 305 BCE. He died in 297 BCE and his short-lived dynasty failed to survive beyond his grandsons’ short reigns.