Philip II of Macedon: A Life from the Ancient Sources (Hardback)
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Short Description for Philip II of Macedon Here, the author has edited and translated all the information about Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great, that is available from ancient sources and has assembled this material into an account of Philip's life set out in the words of his contemporaries and their descendants.
- Published: 30 October 1992
- Format: Hardback 224 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780275942502 ISBN 10: 0275942503
Full description for Philip II of Macedon
"Philip II of Macedon" is a 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 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 biography should be of interest to students of ancient history as well as to military historians.