Unformatted text preview: With the purging underway, Alexander still had to win the support of the Macedonian people and then attempt to maintain his hold over the foreign states. To assure his subjects, he publicly announced that he would run the state on the same principles as his father's administration; he even removed direct taxation on Macedonian citizens to win their appreciation. The situation abroad, however, would be more complicated. Athens was thrilled to learn of Philip's death, seeing it as an opportunity to revolt. The famous Athenian orator Demosthenes immediately wrote to Attalus and Parmenion, one of Philip's most loyal lieutenants, to offer Athens's support and to urge them to declare war on Alexander. Although Attalus had to take this opportunity to save his own life, Alexander knew that Parmenion could be won over, and that success in doing so would greatly strengthen his...
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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.
- Fall '08