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Nicanor the Elephant

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Nicanor the Elephant

Nicanor (Greek: Νικάνωρ, Nikanōr), nicknamed the Elephant, was a general under King Philip V of Macedonia in the 3rd century BC.

He invaded Attica with an army shortly before the breaking out of the Second Macedonian War between Philip V and the Romans in 200 BC. But after having laid waste to part of the open country, he was induced to withdraw by the remonstrances of the Roman ambassadors then at Athens.[1]

He is again mentioned as commanding the rearguard of Philip's army at the battle of Cynoscephalae in 197 BC, which the Romans won.[2]


  1. ^ Polybius 16.27.
  2. ^ Polybius 18.7; Livy 33.8.

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