Philip II of Macedon
Historical Figure
Nationality: Macedon
Date of Birth: 382 BC
Date of Death: 336 BC
Cause of Death: Stabbed to death
Religion: Ancient Greek Polytheism
Occupation: Monarch, General
Parents: King Amyntas III and Eurydice of Lyncestis
Spouse: Olympias and six others, polyagmously
Children: Alexander the Great
Philip III of Macedon
House: Argead
Turtledove Appearances:
"Occupation Duty"
POD: c. 1000 BCE
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Date of Death: Unrevealed
Philip II of Macedon (Greek: Φίλιππος Βʹ ὁ Μακεδών, Phílippos II ho Makedṓn; 382–336 BC) was the king of the Hellenic kingdom of Macedon from 359 BC until his assassination in 336 BC. He was the father of Alexander the Great and Philip III. While his career has been eclipsed by his more famous son, Alexander, Philip's own career of military conquest and expansion is impressive in its own right. By the time of his death, Philip had established Macedonian rule over most of Greece. His assassination came early in the invasion of the Persian Empire. The phrase "divide and conquer" is attributed to Philip.

Philip II in "Occupation Duty"Edit

During his career, Philip II besieged the Persian garrison at Hierosolyma. Upon seeing the city more than 2000 years later, Pheidas wondered if Hierosolyma had changed since Philip's time, and decided it probably hadn't.[1]

Literary commentEdit

In OTL Philip II made all the preparations to invade Persia, but was assassinated before setting out, and the war was conducted by his son Alexander the Great. Alexander's route of conquest in OTL did pass through Palestine, but only through its coastal plain, and he did not get to Jerusalem.

The story does not make clear whether the assassination attempt failed, or Philip set out on his expedition earlier, before the assassins had a chance to strike.


Regnal titles
Preceded by
Perdiccas III
King of Macedon
359–336 BC
Succeeded by
Alexander III the Great

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