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    Philip V (221-179 BC). AR didrachm (8.15 gm). Pella or Amphipolis, ca. 184-179 BC. Zoilos, magistrate. Diademed head of Philip V right / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΦIΛIΠΠOY, club right within oak wreath tied at left; within wreath, three monograms arranged one (of Zoilos) above and two below; in left field, star. A. Mamroth, "Die Silbermünzen des Königs Philippos V. von Makedonien," ZfN 40 (1930), 24. SNG Alpha Bank 1053. Light scratches in obverse field and a small edge chip. Good very fine.
    From The BVH Collection.


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    Philip V was the most ambitious and opportunistic king of Macedon since Alexander the Great more than a century before. Soon after gaining the throne in 221 BC, Philip began strengthening Macedon's military and seeking ways to increase his dominance over Greece and the Balkans. Around 215 BC, he observed Hannibal's early successes against Rome and made a treaty of alliance with Carthage, hoping to seize control of the Roman-protected region of Illyricum. The Romans, who had considered Macedon neutral, viewed this as a stab in the back, but they had their hands full with Hannibal and could do little more than check some of Philip's more aggressive moves. In 200 BC, with Carthage defeated, the Romans moved decisively against Philip under the general Quinctius Flamininus. After two years of maneuvering, the Roman legions shattered Macedon's phalanx at the Battle of Cynoscephalae in 197 BC. Forced to sign a humiliating peace treaty, Philip became a Roman ally and managed to recoup some of his lost territory and prestige over the next decade. Relations with Rome deteriorated throughout the 180s BC and Philip was making plans for another war when he died in 179 BC, leaving his son Perseus the dubious distinction of pursuing the course set by his father and presiding over its disastrous consequences.



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