Philip II of Macedon: A Life from the Ancient Sources

Philip II of Macedon: A Life from the Ancient Sources


By (author) Alfred S. Bradford, Illustrated by Pamela M. Bradford, Translated by Alfred S. Bradford

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  • Publisher: Praeger Publishers Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 236mm x 18mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 30 October 1992
  • Publication City/Country: Westport
  • ISBN 10: 0275942503
  • ISBN 13: 9780275942502
  • Illustrations note: maps, illustrations, notes, references, index

Product description

Philip II of Macedon is a unique compilation of fragments of ancient writings, epitomies, and passages from the orators that together form a contemporary biography of one of the most influential figures of the ancient world. Alfred Bradford has collected, translated, and integrated all the significant classical writings about Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great, and he presents them in a readable and lively manner, telling the story of Philip from his precarious childhood, when his life was threatened by his own mother, to his bloody death, when he was murdered by a bodyguard. Philip II, the conqueror of Athens, was the dominant man of his time. A great military tactician and strategist--as evidenced by the analysis of the Battle of Chaeronea provided in this book--Philip built the army that Alexander the Great used to conquer the known world. Knowledge of Philip's life and military achievements is requisite for an understanding of Macedonia and Greece during the Age of Philip. Illustrated with maps by Alfred Bradford and drawings (based on ancient artifacts) by Pamela Bradford, this compelling biography will be of interest to students of ancient history as well as to military historians.

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Review quote

"Whether or not Bradford has by his skillfully constructed narrative changed the way the world looks at Philip, only the reader can decide. Nevertheless, this book has for the first time enabled readers to see Philip in his whole career as the ancients saw him, without having to scramble through a dozen or more different sources. This is a significant gift to any one who would understand the Greek world of the fourth century B.C." - The Historian This book is not only of interest to the military enthusiast, who can now clearly see the military and organizational genius of the man who created the army, weapons, and tactics with which Alexander conquered Persia, but also to the instructor who wishes to add a counterpart to the traditional offerings in translation for undergraduate classes and seminars. An eminently readable and extremely useful work, which would be even more useful in paperback. - The Journal of Military History

Table of contents

The New King 381-359 B.C.; The First Campaign 358-356 B.C.; The Origins of Power 356-354 B.C.; The Greeks Open the Way 355/4 B.C.; Philip Turned Back 352 B.C.; Philip, King of the Macedonians; The Olynthian War Begins 351-348 B.C.; The Fall of Olynthus 351-348 B.C.; Philip Enters Greece; The Peace of 346 B.C.; Neither Peace nor War 344/3 B.C.; Operations in the North 343-342 B.C.; Philip's Letter of 343/2 B.C.; Demosthenes Denounces Philip 341 B.C.; Perinthus and Byzantium 341/40 B.C.; War with Athens 340 B.C.; War with the Greeks; The Battle of Chaeronea 338 B.C.; Philip, Leader of the Greeks 338-336 B.C.; Death of a King 336 B.C.; Epilogue - Alexander's Eulogy.