“Oh, how a small portion of earth will hold us when we are dead, who ambitiously seek after the whole world while we are living!”
PHILLIP II OF MACEDON – Macedonian king, father of Alexander the Great (382 BC – 336 BC)
Phillip II (359 BC), father of Alexander the Great, was a charismatic ruler, whose strategic genius and diplomatic ability transformed Macedonia from an insignificant and marginal country into the most important power in the Aegean and paved the way for the pan-Hellenic expedition of his son Alexander III to the Orient. He was an expansive leader who had the breath of vision to usher the ancient world into the epoch of the Hellenism of three continents.
During the course of his tempestuous life, he firmly established the power of the central authority in the Macedonian kingdom, reorganized the army into a flexible and amazing efficient unit and made Macedonia incontestably superior to the institution of the city-state which, at this precise period, was declining.
He was a major inspiration to Alexander who eventually surpassed him in his accomplishments and his achievement of eternal glory.
Phillip’s unexpected death at the hands of an assassin in 336 BC in the theater at Aigai (on the very day of the marriage of his daughter Cleopatra to her uncle Alexander King of the Molossians and Olympia’s brother) , brought to an end a brilliant career, the final aim of which was to unify the Greeks in order to extract vengeance on Persia for the invasion of 481-480 BC; Macedonia, in complete control of the Balkan peninsula, was ready with Alexander III as its new king, to assume its new role.
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