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Makedonia (English: Macedonia) is a region in Northern Greece that, following the succession of its king Alexander III, unified Greece and conquered the Achaemenid Empire of Persia.

Economy

Like in nearby Thessaly, horse breeding was important in Makedonia, and the animals were greatly valued.[1]

During the 5th century BCE, the economy of the sparsely populated region was dominated by silver mining.[2]

Heraldry

Due to the importance of horses in the region, the emblem of Makedonia features the stylized head of a horse. It is based on a coin from the city known in antiquity as Pharsalos, in Thessaly.[1]

History

Peloponnesian War

At the time of the Peloponnesian War, the seminal Makedonia was notable only for the small village of Potidaia and the polis of Amphipolis, which played vital roles at the beginning and end of the Peloponnesian War respectively.[3]

Around 429 BCE, Darius, the Persian assassin of Xerxes I, sought refuge in Makedonia with his son Natakas, having left their home behind due to the threat of the Order of the Ancients.[4]

The Spartan army, that was commanded by the Order of Hunters, burnt villages and massacred the people, due to the Order's search for the Tainted Ones.

Phillip II's reign

During the rule of King Phillip II, whose heir Alexander the Great was, Makedonians prospered, and their military grew to include a cavalry, which is considered to have been one of the best in antiquity.[1]

Alexander's reign

During the reign of Alexander III, the Kingdom of Macedon rose to dominate Greece and became a powerful empire that spanned the ancient world. Backed by proto-Templars, who entrusted Alexander with a Staff and Trident of Eden, the young king became a legendary, undefeated general.[5][6][7]

Following Alexander's assassination by the proto-Assassin Iltani in 323 BCE,[8][9] the Trident was split into three prongs. Two of the prongs were taken by Alexander's generals, Seleucus and Ptolemy, while the final one was sent to Makedonia.[7]

Roman Macedonia

In 42 BCE, armies under the command of Marcus Antonius and Octavian clashed with those of the Hidden Ones Brutus and Cassius at the Battle of Philippi, and Cassius was killed in the ensuing battle. Faced with inevitable defeat, Brutus fled and committed suicide shortly thereafter.[10]

Following Brutus' death, his fellow Hidden Ones gathered in Philippi and attempted to resurrect him with the Shroud of Eden to no avail.[10][11]

Regions

In 5th century BCE, Makedonia was made up of four regions:

Influence and legacy

During the 16th century, the Italian Assassin Ezio Auditore owned a dagger of Macedonian origin.[12]

Behind the scenes

In game, Makedonia uses a horse head as its heraldry. Historically, Makedonia used the Vergina Sun which was connected to the Agread dynasty. The horse head might be a reference to Boucephalos, Alexander's famed horse.

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