This name derives from the Ancient Greek “Antípatros (Αντῐ́πᾰτρος) Antípās (Ἀντῐ́πᾱς),” composed of two elements: “antí (ἀντί)” (against, hostile to, opposition, prevention) plus “patḗr (πᾰτήρ)” (father). In turn, the name means “against his father.” Antipater was a Macedonian general and a supporter of Kings Philip II of Macedon and Alexander the Great. In 320 BC, he became Regent of all of Alexander’s Empire. Antipater was one of the sons of a Macedonian nobleman called Lollas or Lolaus, and his family was distant collateral relatives to the Argead dynasty. Antipater was initially from the Macedonian city of Paliura; he had a brother called Cassander; he was the paternal uncle of Cassander’s child Antigone and was the great maternal uncle of Berenice I of Egypt.
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