Philip of Macedon (Hardback)
  • Philip of Macedon (Hardback)
Hardback Published: 01/01/1992
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In autumn of 1977, an unplundered royal tomb containing works of art of astounding richness and exquisite craftsmanship was discovered by Professor Manolis Andronicos at Vergina in Macedonia. The excavator's suggestion that the tomb's occupant was probably Philip, son of Amyntas, king of the Macedonians and Captain General of the united Greeks, created an understandable sensation, and aroused world-wide interest in this extraordinary personality - father of Alexander the Great, one of the greatest Macedonian kings, and also one of the most important political figures of antiquity. In response to this interest, nine scholars, all eminent specialists in the history of 4th century Greece, describe the tumultuous career of Philip, re-evaluate his personality and re-examine his political achievements in the light of the recent discoveries. The book closes with an account of the excavation of the fabulous treasures of the royal tombs at Vergina by Professor Andronicos. In the autumn of 1977, during the course of the excavation of the Great Tumulus at Vergina in Macedonia, the first unplundered "Macedonian" tomb came to light. The marble doors were still in position, unforced, and the unrivalled workmanship and unparalleled richness of the artistic masterpieces they protected left no doubt that this could only be a royal tomb, while the dating of the finds led the excavator ineluctably to the conclusion that the monarch interred therein was none other than Philip, son of Amyntas, king of the Macedonians and the elected leader of all the Greeks. This theory quickly met with almost universal support and naturally caused a sensation both amongst the general public, whose curiosity, excitement and enthusiasm continues unabated, and in scholarly circles, where in recent years a steadily growing interest in the reign of Philip had to some extent prepared the ground for a reappraisal of its historical importance. His significance for the history of Macedonia is beyond doubt. The purpose of the present volume is to make a contribution to the reappraisal of the personality and achievement of Philip that has become a matter of urgency in the light of the discovery of the royal tombs at Vergina. Its overall plan is such as to permit the collaboration of as many as possible of those who have devoted themselves to research into the man and his times; a number of internationally distinguished scholars were invited to present the reassessment necessary in the light of the new discoveries, each in his own field. From this point of view the thirteen chapters of the book are independent of each other and each expresses the personal views of its author. Every attempt has been made, however, to guard against the dangers of contradictions and overlap, and to ensure that no significant aspect of the history of Philip has been left untreated. At the same time we have tried to preserve the chronological framework, so that the reader will not lose the feeling of historical continuity. The book begins with the arrival of Philip's ancestors at Aigai and ends with his assassination and burial at the very cradle of the dynasty. During the course of the writing of the book, however, another personality emerged alongside that of Philip, of equal importance and without which the character and career of the great Temenid ruler cannot be properly understood: the land of Macedonia. Special efforts have been made to present a photographic documentation of the setting of the historic events narrated in the text, in the hope that the reader will thus get a direct feel for the unparallelled unique character of Macedonia in the 4th century B.C. Almost half the book is devoted to this end, and this is perhaps its most distinctive feature.

Publisher: Ekdotike Athenon S.A.
ISBN: 9789602132494

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