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Philotas

(d. 330 bc)


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(d. 330 bc),

Macedonian noble, son of Parmenion and commander of the Companion cavalry during the early campaigns of Alexander 2 the Great. After a career of distinction, in which he fought in all the major actions, he came to grief in 330, when he was accused of complicity in a court conspiracy, condemned by the Macedonian army, and executed after interrogation under torture. The details are mysterious, but nothing was proved against him other than failure to pass on information about the conspiracy. He was already under suspicion, victim of a covert investigation, and the conspiracy gave Alexander's younger marshals the opportunity to eradicate the influence of Parmenion.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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