man, but vain, rash and dissolute.
He and his father ruled over Asia Minor
was under the sway of Cassander
and Ptolemy, who had re-established in Athens
aristocratic institutions, and held the Athenians in servitude.
, who aspired to the glory of succoring the distressed, and was not averse to reducing the power of his enemies, Cassander
and Ptolemy, sailed to Athens
with a fleet of two hundred and fifty ships, expelled the garrison and obtained possession of the city.
Antigorus had been advised to ret possession of Athens
, the key of Greece
; but he replied:—‘The best and securest of all keys is the friendship of the people and Athens
was the watch-tower of the world, from whence the torch of his glory would blaze over the earth.’
Animated by such sentiments, his son, Demetrius
, on reaching the city, had proclaimed that ‘his father, in a happy hour, he hoped, for Athens
, had sent him to re-instate them in their liberties, and to restore their laws and ancient form of government.’
received him with acclamations.
He performed all that he promised, and more.
He gave the people a hundred and fifty thousand measures of meal, and timber enough to build a hundred galleys.
The gratitude of the Athenians was boundless.
They bestowed upon Demetrius
the title of king and god-protector.
They erected an altar upon the spot where he had first alighted from his chariot.
They created a priest in his honor, and decreed that he should be received in all his future visits as a god.
They changed the name of the month Munychion
, called the last day of every month Demetrius
, and the feasts of Bacchus Demetria
. ‘The gods,’ says the good Plutarch
, ‘soon showed how much offended they were at these things.’
enjoyed these extravagant honors for a time, added an Athenian wife to the number he already possessed, and sailed away to prosecute the war. A second time the Athenians were threatened with the yoke of Cassander
; again Demetrius
, with a fleet of three hundred and thirty ships, came to their deliverance, and again the citizens taxed their ingenuity to the utmost in devising for their deliverer new honors and more piquant pleasures.
At length Demetrius
, after a career of victory, fell into misfortune.
His domains were invaded, his father was slain, the kingdom was dismembered, and Demetrius
, with a remnant of his army, was obliged to fly. Reaching Ephesus
in want of