- Nov 2011
- The Bluff
Diodoros. 16.1.3-4 & 95.1-2. The Sicilian well understood Philip, the self made man. He not only made himself but also Macedonia. It is no exaggeration to state that, upon his taking the throne, Philip took over a Macedon which was one minute away from becoming an irrelevant footnote in history. By the time of his assasination Macedonia, once the plaything of the great and not so great powers, was the most powerful state in the Greek, if not European, world. While one shouldn't underrate the deeds of his son, the twenty-four year creation of that state by Philip, having started with near nothing, is an outstanding feat. One wonders whether any other individual might have achieved same with such unprepossessing beginnings.For Philip was king over the Macedonians for twenty-four years, and having started from the most insignificant beginnings built up his kingdom to be the greatest of the dominions in Europe, and having taken over Macedonia when she was a slave to the Illyrians, made her mistress of many powerful tribes and states. And it was by his own valour that he took over the supremacy of all Hellas with the consent of the states, which voluntarily subordinated themselves to his authority....
Such was the end of Philip, who had made himself the greatest of the kings in Europe in his time, and because of the extent of his kingdom had made himself a throned companion of the twelve gods. He had ruled twenty-four years. He is known to fame as one who with but the slenderest resources to support his claim to a throne won for himself the greatest empire in the Greek world, while the growth of his position was not due so much to his prowess in arms as to his adroitness and cordiality in diplomacy.