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King of Macedon Philip II
73 generations from the origin. Great x 71 grandfather.
Birth: 382 bce, Pella, Greece;
Death: 336 bce; Verginia, Macedon, Greece;
Age: 46

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  • King of Macedon - Dates: 359 bce-336 bce


Philip II of Macedon (382 BC–336 BC; in Greek Φίλιππος = φίλος (friend) + ίππος (horse), transliterated Philippos) was the King of Macedon from 359 BC until his assassination. He was the father of Alexander the Great and Phillip III Arrhidaeus.

Born in Pella, Philip was the youngest son of King Amyntas III and Eurydice. In his youth, (ca. 368 BC–365 BC) Philip was a hostage in Thebes, which was the most prominent city of Greece at that time. During his captivity in Thebes, Philip received a military and diplomatic education from Epaminondas, was involved in a pederastic relationship with Pelopidas and lived with Pammenes, who was an enthusiastic advocate of the Sacred Band of Thebes. In 364 BC, Philip returned to Macedonia. The deaths of Philip's elder brothers, King Alexander II and Perdiccas III, allowed him to take the throne in 359 BC. Originally appointed regent for his infant nephew Amyntas IV, who was the son of Perdiccas III, Philip managed to take the kingdom for himself that same year.

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King of Macedon Amyntas III
c 415 bce - 369 bce
Queen Eurydice of Macedon
c 415 bce - 365 bce
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