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SEMINAR: Archaeology Seminar

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Today's date is Friday, August 07, 2020
Archaeology Seminar : Precious Metals and the Rise of Two Macedonian “Greats”: Philip II and Alexander III Other events...
This presentation highlights the remarkable reign of the Macedonian king, Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, and emphasises the key role of precious metals in underpinning the rise of Macedonia under Philip and its capacity to embark on conquest of the Persian Empire under Alexander III. From 359-336 BC Philip led his kingdom from a small, threatened, relatively poor entity in northern Greece to leadership of the first land empire in Europe that endured for almost 200 years. His extraordinary achievements provided the foundation for his son to then lead the Macedonian army that conquered the mighty Persian Empire in just 13 years. Together they brought irreversible change to the ancient world. They were exceptional men, yet their achievements also required a sustainable source of wealth to train, equip, provision and pay the permanent infantry, cavalry, and mercenaries that enabled their conquests. In the time of Philip, silver, gold and base metals were much more valuable than today and it was his access to precious metals that underpinned much of what he accomplished. Furthermore, it was Macedonian-controlled mines and wealth, in combination with Philip’s ground-breaking achievements and preparation of his son for leadership, that paved the way for Alexander’s success in the Near East.
Speaker(s) Dr. James Ross, Honorary Research Fellow, School of Geoscience, University of Western Australia
Location Arts Building, Fox Lecture Theatre
Contact Ana Paula Motta <[email protected]>
Start Thu, 30 Aug 2018 16:00
End Thu, 30 Aug 2018 17:00
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <[email protected]>
Last Updated Mon, 27 Aug 2018 09:25
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