A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology

Smith, William

A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology. William Smith, LLD, ed. 1890


1. A man of low origin, who pretended to be a natural son of Perseus, king of Macedonia, was seized by Demetrius, king of Syria, and sent to Rome. He escaped, however, from Rome, and finding many partizans, assumed the name of Philip and obtained possession of Macedonia. His reign, which was marked by acts of cruelty, did not last much more than a year. He defeated the praetor Juventius, but was conquered by Caccilius Metellus, and conducted to Rome in chains to adorn the triumph of the latter, B. C. 148. (Liv. Epit. 49, 50, 52; Diod. Exc. xxxii. p. 590, &c., ed. Wess.; Polyb. xxxvii. Exc. Vatic. ed. Mai; Flor. 2.14; Vell. 1.11; Paus. 7.13.1.)