Philip of Macedon

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Philip of Macedon was one of the extraordinary figures of antiquity. Inheriting a kingdom near collapse, he left to his son Alexander the strongest state in Eastern Europe. He developed new military technology and made Macedonia the greatest power in the Western world. He created a united, multiracial kingdom based on liberal principles--and added to it the resources of a Balkan empire. Most important, he inspired the city-states of the Greek peninsula to form a unified community, ensuring peace among its ...

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Philip of Macedon was one of the extraordinary figures of antiquity. Inheriting a kingdom near collapse, he left to his son Alexander the strongest state in Eastern Europe. He developed new military technology and made Macedonia the greatest power in the Western world. He created a united, multiracial kingdom based on liberal principles--and added to it the resources of a Balkan empire. Most important, he inspired the city-states of the Greek peninsula to form a unified community, ensuring peace among its members, the rule of law in internal politics, and collective security in the face of agressors. No statesman in Europe had ever achieved so much.

In Philip of Macedon N. G. L. Hammond presents a narrative history of Hellenistic Macedonia from the state's rise out of obscurity under Philip to the accession of Alexander. Focusing on the character and career of Philip, Hammond discusses developments in military technology and strategy, the social composition and geography of northern Greece, and the region's political developments. He also examines the world of the city-states, the nature of their democracies, their propensity for interstate warfare, and their development of capitalism, scientific methods, and philosophical ideas.

With close analysis of the literary and material evidence--including interpretations of recent archaeological discoveries--Hammond offersa unique portrait of Philip as a Macedonian. Including illustrations of the frescoes and artifacts found in the Royal Tombs at Vergina in 1977, the book also reveals the culture and artistry of the Macedonian people who made Philip's success possible.

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A narrative history of Macedonia under Philip (382-336 B.C.), architect of the Hellenistic Empire he bequeathed to his son Alexander the Great. Focuses on his innovations in military technology and strategies and his liberal principles of government, by which he unified the socially and politically diverse Balkan peninsula. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780801849275
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1971
  • Pages: 235
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.51 (h) x 0.98 (d)

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Nicholas Hammond is Professor Emeritus of Greek at Bristol University and an Honorary Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. His many books include Alexander the Great: King, Commander, and Stateman and The Macedonian State.

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Table of Contents

Preface
List of illustrations
Abbreviations and select bibliography
I The setting 1
II The sources of information 11
III The military revolution and the addition of Upper Macedonia 18
IV Philip exploits factions in and wars between city-states, 358-354 29
V Philip's involvement with the city-states, 354-348 45
VI Consolidation by Philip and opposition led by Demosthenes 53
VII The strengths and weaknesses of the city-state 64
VIII Philip's gains and city-state reactions, 348-346 79
IX Philip the victor of the Sacred War and the Amphictyonic Peace 90
X Philip and the city-states, 346-343 98
XI Actions in Macedonia, Illyria and Thessaly, 346-343 109
XII Extension of Macedonian power and conflict with Athens and Persia 120
XIII Philip in Thrace and developments in Greece 133
XIV Events leading to Philip's victory at Chaeronea 143
XV The creation of the Greek Community 155
XVI The last year and the assassination of Philip 165
XVII Epitaph and appreciation 177
Chronological table 192
Notes 194
Index 225
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