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Philip II of Macedon
PhilipII
Historical Figure
Nationality: Macedon
Date of Birth: 382 BC
Date of Death: 336 BC
Cause of Death: Stabbed to death
Religion: Polytheism
Occupation: Monarch, General
Parents: King Amyntas III
Eurydice of Lyncestis
Spouse: Olympias and six others, simultaneously
Children: Alexander the Great
Philip III of Macedon
House: Argead
Political Office(s): King of Macedon
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 did pass through Palestine, but only through its coastal plain, and he did not get to Jerusalem.

Within the story context, it is unclear whether the assassination attempt failed, or if Philip simply set out on his expedition before the assassins had a chance to strike.

ReferencesEdit

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