Addition to the collection
KINGS OF MACEDON. Philip II,
Tetradrachm 14.50 g
Pella, c. 336/5-329/8 / Le Rider 344 (D344/R276).
At the Olympics
When King Philip II came games, people booed at it was believed he was preparing to invade Greece.
356 BC, Philip’s race horse won in the Olympic Games; for this victory, his wife, who was known then as Myrtale, received the name Olympias.
In the summer of the same year, Olympias gave birth to her first child, Alexander the Great. In ancient Greece people believed that the birth of a great man was accompanied by portents.
Philip won the Olympics 356, 352 and 348.