The Macedonian Empire lasted only 36 years, from the time that Philip II ascended the throne of Macedonia until the death of his son Alexander the Great. When Philip became king in 359 B.C. Macedonia was thought of by the Greeks as a second class state, somewhat barbaric and certainly not a military threat. By the time of Alexander’s death in 323 B.C. the Macedonian Army was arguably the greatest military force in the world.
The Macedonian army subjugated the Greek states by the time of Philip’s death allowing Alexander the opportunity to assemble an army large enough to confront the Persian Empire which possessed the largest army of the time. Alexander’s forces went on to defeat the Persians, most of the armies of India, and by the time of his death was preparing for the conquest of Arabia.
The Macedonian army ruled an empire that extended from the hills of Macedon to the river Indus. Keeping this empire intact proved a task too great for Alexander’s successors.
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