Unformatted text preview: The wedding was indeed a grand affair, though Philip may have irked more than a few attendees by placing a statue of himself among the figures of the twelve Olympian gods. On the second day, Philip prepared his ceremonial entrance, walking between Alexander his son and Alexander his new son-in-law. Philip instructed his bodyguards to follow at a distance, as he wanted to show that he was protected by the goodwill of the Greeks. However, as he paused at the entrance of the arena, a man–who was himself a member of Philip's bodyguard–drew his sword and stabbed Philip through his ribs, killing him instantly. Though the assassin had a good head start on his pursuers, he tripped and was killed, reportedly on the spot. The assassin's name was Pausanias; speculations about his motive remain uncertain. The generally accepted story is that he was a former lover of Philip's, and that through...
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- Fall '08
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