Not everyone was in favour of Alexander’s accession. When Philip II was assassinated, Alexander’s friends armed themselves expecting trouble, and ‘all Macedonia was seething with discontent, looking to Amyntas and the sons of Aeropus’.1 Amyntas was Philip’s nephew, the son of Perdiccas III, who was killed in battle in 360. Amyntas was the true heir to the throne in 360, but he was bypassed then in favour of Philip because of his youth and the threats to Macedonia at that time (see Chapter 2). In 336 he was still around and an adult. He probably posed the greatest threat to Alexander’s position because of his legal right to succession, in 360 and now in 336.