The Classical Quarterly (New Series)

Research Article

The Alleged Secret Pact between Athens and Philip II concerning Amphipolis and Pydna

G. E. M. de Sainte Croixa1

a1 New College, Oxford

What is the reality behind the famous phrase, S0009838800001695_inline1 S0009838800001695_inline2 in Demosthenes 2. 6? It is commonly spoken of as a secret treaty, pact, agreement, bargain, or understanding, or as a secret clause or article (all these terms have been used in recent times), between Athens and Philip II of Macedon, at some time between 359 and 357, whereby the Athenians promised to hand over their ally, Pydna, to Philip, in return for his promise to hand over Amphipolis to them.