Alcetas I of Macedon

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Alcetas I
King of Macedon
Reigntraditional: 576–547 BC
PredecessorAeropus I
IssueAmyntas I
HouseMacedon (Ancient Greece)
FatherAeropus I

Alcetas I of Macedon (Ancient Greek: Ἀλκέτας; 576–547 BC) was a son of Aeropus I of Macedon and the 8th king of the ancient Greek kingdom of Μacedon, counting from Karanus, and the 5th, counting from Perdiccas, reigning, according to Eusebius, 29 years. He was the father of Amyntas I, who reigned in the latter part of the 6th century BC.

By all accounts, Alcetas was a calm and stable ruler, who sought to preserve his kingdom through peaceful means. Unlike his predecessors, he apparently did not engage in unnecessary warfare in order to extend the boundaries of his kingdom. His wife is unknown.


  • Farr, Edward, History of the Macedonians (Robert Carter & Brothers, New York, 1850), p. 38
  • Herodotus, (viii. 139.)
  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "Alcetas". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. p. 98.
Alcetas I
Argead dynasty
 Died: 547 BC
Royal titles
Preceded by
Aeropus I
King of Macedon
576–547 BC
Succeeded by
Amyntas I