In autumn 1977 an unplundered royal tomb containing works of art of astounding
richness and exquisite craftsmanship was discovered by Professor Manolis Andronicos
at Vergina in Macedonia. The excavator's suggestion that the tomb's occupant
was probably Philip, son of Amyntas, king of the Macedonians and Captain General
of the united Greeks, created un understandable sensation, and aroused world-wide
interest in this extraordinary personality - father of Alexander the Great,
one of the greatest Macedonian kings, and also one of the most important political
figures of antiquity.
In response to this interest nine scholars, all eminent specialists in the history
of 4th century Greece, describe the tumultuous career of Philip, re-evaluate
his personality and re-examine his political achievements in the light of the
recent discoveries. The book closes with an account of the excavation of the
fabulous treasures of the royal tombs at Vergina by Professor Andronicos.
129 colour illustrations.