An exhibition commemorating the centenary of archaeological excavation in Philippi is being hosted in Thessaloniki, at the Museum of Byzantine Culture. Philippi was a city in eastern Macedonia, established by Philip II (father of Alexander the Great) in 356 BC and abandoned in the 14th century after the Ottoman conquest.
The site was originally colonized by the people of Thassos in 360 BC, who wanted to take control of the area’s plentiful resources (minerals, timber etc.). Soon after its establishment, the city was threatened and turned to King Philip II of Macedon for help. Realizing its economic and strategic potential, Philip conquered, fortified, and renamed the city after himself.