Modern Historians about Macedonia – Mary Renault

 

THE NATURE OF ALEXANDER by Mary Renault, published by GEORGE RAINBIRD

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…..Philip, on campaign in Thrace, got the news along with two other messages. His general, Parmenion, had soundly defeated the Illyrians in the west; and his racehorse had won at the Olympic Games. The right of Olympic entry was a prized inheritance of the kings of Macedon. The Games were only open to Greeks; and Macedonians were not recognized in the south as the offshoots of the original stock which in fact they were. They were regarded as semi-barbarous (the actual term ‘barbarian’ was reserved for Persians) and the royal house had just scraped in on the strength of a remote Argive ancestry. For Philip, to whom acceptance in the Greek world was a lifelong dream, this news may have been the most welcome item of the three…..

Page 28-29

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…… The wedding plans were resplendent. High ranking guests and state envoys were invited from all over Greece, as befitted Philip’s of pan Hellenic war leader. Festival games in honour of the twelve Olympian gods were to be dedicated at a ceremony in the theatre at Aegae, near modern Edessa, the ancient capital……

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