murder of philip

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  • Philip organised musical competitions at the Theater of Aegae during Alexander and Cleopatra's wedding to show the Greeks he was a pleasant man.
  • Philip entered 'wearing a white cloak' (Diodorus) followed by his body guards and addressed his people
  • However during the applause of the audience, Philips head bodyguard Pausanias rushed up to Philip
  • Pausanias then stabbed Philip 'right through the ribs' (Diodorus) with a celtic dagger
  • Philip died on the spot and Alexander his son rushed to him while Pausanias ran from the guards
  • While Pausanias was trying to escape the kings other bodyguards, he tripped over a vine and was speared to death
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