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Philip II

Securing the kingdom
Supremacy in northern Greece
Supremacy in the Haimos Peninsula
Plans for the East
The reorganization of Macedonia

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Sarcophagus and 'larnax' from the Tomb of Philip
The stone sarcophagus which contained a gold 'larnax' (ossuary chest) from the Tomb of Philip, third quarter of 4th century BC, Thessaloniki, Archaeological Museum.

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Sarcophagus and 'larnax' from the Tomb of Philip

Under Philip II the kingdom of Macedonia entered its greatest period. Philip put an end to the devastation of parts of his dominions by neighbouring tribes, subjugated the Thracians, and conquered Amphipolis and Chalkidike. He thus consolidated the unified Macedonian kingdom, which now extended from the Pindos range to the Strymon River. Philip's political and military action resulted in his dominating the northern part of the Haimos Peninsula too. In 337 BC he united the Greeks of the South in an alliance against the Persians. At his assassination in 336 BC his son Alexander III succeeded to the throne.

See Also
Civilization - Art in Antiquity
Language in Antiquity
Travelling - Aigai (Vergina)
In Focus - Macedonian Tombs
Origins and Evolution in the form of 'Macedonian Tombs'


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