I'm suprised that no one here seems to have been aware of this actually. I guess Philip plays second fiddle to Alexander for most. Its a shame, because I think he was easily the equal of his son as a general(not a fighter, a general) and was a far superior diplomat and statesman.
You insult me. I think the same on Philip as you do, but I'd also add they both had great minds - Philip needing a cheaper, yet more powerful army to defeat the Greeks (possibly persians in his mind) and he created it from scratch; Alexander knew he had to take Persian customs to be accepted by his conquered people and he wanted to get the Persians to work with and as phalanx troops.