Whodunit? The Murder of Philip II of Macedon
By Ada-Maria Kuskowski
Hirundo: the McGill Journal of Classical Studies, Vol.1 (2001)
Introduction: The murder of Philip II of Macedon has been a whodunit since ancient times. The list of suspect conspirators runs the gamut from simply the murderer Pausanias, to the Lyncestian brothers, to the Persian King, to Olympias, to Alexander and to Amytnas IV. Historians tend to believe that Pausanias did not act alone because they question his motive and suspect a mastermind behind his action. Yet before examining each party possibly associated with the murder, it is important to examine the basic account of what happened.