Philip II of Macedon: aspects of his reign

Turner, Benjamin David (2012). Philip II of Macedon: aspects of his reign. University of Birmingham. M.Phil.


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This study will assess whether there is sufficient surviving source material from the reign of Philip II of Macedon for the modern scholar to reasonably attempt a full-length study. It will do this through three separate case studies.
The first is ‘The Military Transformation of Macedon.’ This will examine the nature of the threats that Philip faced upon becoming king in 359 BC, and his achievement in overcoming them. It will attempt to understand his impact on the growth in size of the Macedonian army, and thirdly the significance of his introduction of the sarissa, his most celebrated military innovation.
The second section is ‘Philip and Athens: War and Peace.’ This will attempt to assess Philip’s intentions in his dealings with the Greek city by studying his and Athens’ approach to the treaty that ended a decade of warfare between the two.
The third section, ‘The Murder of Philip II’ will examine the circumstances of Philip’s assassination. Although the assassin is known to have been a bodyguard, Pausanias, rumours abound in the sources of the involvement of Philip’s wife, Olympias, his son Alexander, and of a conspiracy involving nobles from the Upper Macedonian kingdom of Lyncestis.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.Phil.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.Phil.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of History and Cultures, Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology (CAHA)
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CT Biography
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D051 Ancient History
D History General and Old World > DF Greece


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