Philip II of Macedonia

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Alexander the Great is probably the most famous ruler of antiquity, and his spectacular conquests are recounted often in books and films. But what of his father, Philip II, who united Macedonia, created the best army in the world at the time, and conquered and annexed Greece? This landmark biography is the first to bring Philip to life, exploring the details of his life and legacy.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Military Affairs Symposium Review
"Detailed, nuanced. . . . An important book for anyone with an interest in Greece, the Hellenistic age, and the roots of the West."—The New York Military Affairs Symposium Review
The Historian

"This is an important book on a remarkably successful king."--Peter Hunt, The Historian

— Peter Hunt

The Historian - Peter Hunt
"A detailed narrative of the political and military history of Phillip's region. . . . Overall the strengths are: the author's impressive range, his knowledge of the scholarship on Phillip, and his lively prose. . . . This is an important book on a remarkably successful king."—Peter Hunt, The Historian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300164763
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 4/27/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,204,006
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Worthington is Frederick A. Middlebush Professor of History, University of Missouri–Columbia. He lives in Columbia, MO.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Maps vii

Preface xi

Acknowledgements xiii

Philip's Life and Reign: the Main Events xv

Quotations and Abbreviations xix

1 Preamble: 'The Greatest of the Kings in Europe'? 1

2 Philip's Macedonia 6

3 Philip's Youth and Accession 15

4 The New Army and the Unification of Macedonia 23

5 The War over Amphipolis 38

6 Apollo's Saviour: Philip and the Sacred War 53

7 The Fall of Olynthus 74

8 Apollo Rescued, and the Peace of Philocrates 84

9 The Hostile Aftermath 105

10 Thrace: The Die Is Cast 120

11 Chaeronea and the End of Greek Liberty 136

12 From Master of Greece to Conqueror of Persia? 152

13 Assassination 172

14 After Philip 187

15 Philip in Retrospect: King, Man - and God? 194

16 Philip and Alexander: Like Father, Like Son? 204

Appendices 209

Notes 242

Bibliographic Essay 282

Select Bibliography 287

Index 298

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