The Murder of King Philip

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  • The Theatre of Aegae
  • The wedding of Alexander of Epirus and Cleopatra, daughter of Philip and Olympias occurred in 336 BC. Philip had organised musical competitions at the wedding. According to Diodorus "People flocked to the theatre when it was still dark" to get a good seat
  • Once the theatre had been filled, he then entered himself "wearing a white cloak". He ordered his body guards to follow "at some distance from him, as an indication to everyone that he needed no protection of guards" according to Diodorus.
  • During the applause he was receiving from the audience, Pausanias, the leader of the body guards, rushed up to Philip while he was alone and stabbed him "right through the ribs".
  • Philip died on the spot he was stabbed. According to Diodorus, Pausanias attempted to escape , as he had stationed horses at the gates nearby to speed him to safety.
  • Alas, he tripped over a vine. He was overrun by other bodyguards, including Leonnatus and Perdiccas, who speared him to death.
  • Other body guards rushed over to King Philip to aid him but there was nothing they could do to save the king from his fate.
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