Two marriages brought Philip no suitable male heir

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Two marriages brought Philip no suitable male heir. His third wife would be the niece of  King Arrybas of Epirus (and daughter of the deceased King Neoptolemus). Plutarch  asserts that the two met and fell in love years before their union became politically  convenient. In any case, Epirus's allegiance would be useful to Philip, and Arrybas  gladly approved of their marriage. Just fifteen years later, Philip would drive Arrybas  from the throne and replace him with a brother of Olympias. Philip and Olympias were far from a happy couple. Philip went on to marry three more  women, and he is said to have fathered several children by still other partners, while  also enjoying the company of young boys–none of which was particularly unusual in his  time. These exploits may have wounded Olympias's vanity, but they did not hold back  her ambition. From the beginning she showed a forceful personality, though not even 
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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