Other than being the father of Alexander the Great Phillip II of Macedon had other accomplishments to his credit. Born as the son to Macedonian King Amyntas and Queen Eurydice in 383 BC or 382 BC. His road to becoming king went through two brothers getting there. His brother Alexander II took the throne after Amyntas’ death. During this time Phillip II was in Thebes (368 BC – 365 BC). He spend his time there learning military strategy from works of one of the greatest generals of the time, Epaminondas. When Alexander II was assassinated Philip II’s other brother Perdiccas III took power and Philip II returned from Thebes. After Perdiccas III was killed in battle, Phillip II was selected as guardian for Perdiccas’s young son. From this position of power Phillip II made innovative changes to the military. In 358 BC his new army regained Paeonia and Illyria. Soon Phillip was no longer acting as his brother’s son’s guardian and in 357 BC became the Macedonian King. After military campaigns over two decades that consolidated Macedon’s power and control of almost all of the Greek City states, Phillip had been blinded in one eye from an arrow wound and walked with a limp from a serious leg wound suffered in battle. Phillip II was assassinated by Pausanias, one of his bodyguards. Why Pausanias assassinated Phillip II is unknown. Phillip II was around 46 years old when he was assassinated in 336 BC. The Philip II Silver Tetradrachm is one of the most popular and well done coins of the time period.