Everyone knows about Alexander the Great and his epic conquest of much of the world known to the Greeks 2300 years ago. But few today know about his father Philip II, who transformed Macedonia from a backwater kingdom into a major world power and who built and trained the army that Alexander then inherited and used to conquer the mighty Persian Empire. So, was Alexander really that great on his own? Or did he owe much of his success to the work of his father Philip? That's what we'll find out in today's episode.
Our guest is Adrian Goldsworthy, military historian and author of the new book Philip and Alexander: Kings and Conquerors.
For the first time ever, this episode is also available as a video on YouTube: