Why was Phillip Assassinated?
Phillip is credited with uniting the empire of Macedonia, at a time when it’s people suffered from years of political changes and nearly destroyed by a conflict with the Illyrians. Phillip’s rule lasted for almost twenty three years and in that time pieced together Macedonia politically, militarily, culturally, and economically. Phillip had created a vast military power in Macedonia, one filled with a surplus of natural resources, mineral resources, coinage and an extensive network of alliances. Philips marriages helped create better political ties and allies that would help spread the vast empire all the way to Asia minor. The Legacy of Phillip would be no more and the new Hellenistic age of Alexander The Great would rule the empire benefiting from the death of his father. His assassination and death are clouded by mystery, and there is no doubt more than one person was involved in the assassination of Phillip.
Phillip II came to power in 359B.C., unifying a country in disarray, bringing it back from political uncertainty to a stable unified empire. Phillip united the upper and lower parts of Macedonia, by destroying the Illyrians in 358B.C., and finally through the many marriages that helped solidify his rule (Worthington, ATG 29). His marriages to Phila, Audata, Philinna, Nicesipolis, Meda, and Olympias, helped Phillip maintain his goals and spread his political might through the Balkans. This allowed Phillip to spread his influence to the neighboring dynasties allowing him a degree of control over them. Through this recruiting went up among the military allowing him to gain the manpower he needed for battle going from territory to territory. While Phillip expanded, he gained control of the many mineral resources that Macedonia had to offer, especially gold and silver. This allowed a boom in the economy which would lead to the larger
population growth in the empire. Macedonia would see revenue and military...