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contra rem p. esse ut legerentur servarenturque. ex S. C. in comitio exusti sunt.

Philippus aegritudine animi confectus, quod Demetrium filium falsis Persei, alterius filii, in eum delationibus impulsus veneno sustulisset, et de poena Persei cogitavit voluitque Antigonum potius, amicum suum, successorem regni sui relinquere, sed in hac cogitatione morte raptus est. Perseus regnum excepit.

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he swore on oath to the senate that it was against the public interest for them to be read and preserved. By decree of the senate they were burned in the Comitium.

Worn out by mental anguish over having caused the death by poison of his son Demetrius (induced to do so by the groundless accusations of his other son, Perseus), Philip considered punishing Perseus and also wished to leave his friend Antigonus as the successor to his throne instead, but he was overtaken by death during these deliberations. It was Perseus who took the throne.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.livy-history_rome_40.2018