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Title: Philip of Macedonia

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Subject: History
Author: Christina T
Date: July 23, 2016
Level: University
Grade: A
Length: 6 / 1538
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Isocrates argues that it is not only destined but right for Philip to conquer Greece. "On no other condition could Athens remain at peace, unless the greatest of states of Hellas (Macedonia) should resolve to put an end to their mutual quarrels" (Oration to Philip, Isocrates, Page 251) He is to do this to restore peace in the peninsula and to make all Greeks friends once again...

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Isocrates even goes so far as to say that it wont even really be that hard for Philip to do this. He states very clearly that Philip need only take over four powers in Greece and the rest will bow to him without a fight. "You ought to make an effort to reconcile Argos and Lacedaemon and Thebes and Athens; for if you can bring these cities together you will not find it hard to unite the others as well; for all the rest are under protection of the aforesaid cities, and fly for refuge, when they are alarmed, to one or other of these powers?? So that if you can persuade four cities to take the same view of things, you will deliver the others also from many evils" (Oration to Philip, Isocrates, Page 265) Isocrates sees Greece in a very weak state if only four city states need to be conquered for the whole peninsula to lay itself down...

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