By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com October 16 2002 12:00 AM ET
A group of historians participating in the sixth International Symposium on Ancient Macedonia, held this year in Thessaloniki, Greece, say that King Philip II of Macedonia, father of Alexander the Great, was bisexual, Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports. Many historians also believe that Alexander the Great was gay.
According to New England University professor and historian Kate Moderson, Philip, who was responsible for establishing Macedonia as a superpower during his reign (359-336 B.C.), was killed by his friend and jealous lover, Pausanias, and not assassinated, as formally believed, by ambitious generals hungry for his throne. However, many Greek historians have described the findings as "nonsense," insisting that Philip II was not bisexual and was indeed murdered by other members of his court.