The death of Philip

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  • October 336 BC - The wedding of Alexander of Epirus and Cleopatra, the daughter of Philip and Olympias.
  • Philp had organised musical competitions to run in tandem to the wedding ceremonies, as he had invited many of the Greeks to attend the Festivities.
  • When the theatre of Aegae had been filled Philip entered "Wearing a white clock" (Diodorus), ordering his guards to follow at some distance from him for he "needed no protection of guards " (Diodorus)
  • Amid the applause Philip was receiving upon his entrance to the stage of the theatre , Pausanias, the leader of the body guards, rushed up to Philip while he was alone and stabbed him "right through the ribs" (Diodorus) with a Celtic dagger. Philip died on the spot.
  • Pausanius attempted to escape on his horse which was stationed at the gates ready to take him to safety. However he tripped over a vine, and was then overrun by the other body guards who speared him to death.
  • Philip could not be saved and Alexander the Great received the Kingdom at the age of twenty. Alexander carried on his fathers role as King of Macedon.
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