Philip spends most of his time, when he isn’t conquering worlds, drinking, womanizing, abusing the men of his court, and indulging himself in sensual pleasures of all kinds. He is easily amused by sensory activities like gambling, attending gladiator games, watching others tame horses, bear-baiting, and suchlike. Unlike his son, he is grounded and much more realistic about what his son should expect for his future (he warns him against being too ambitious, overreaching himself, and modeling himself after the follies of the gods who were struck down before their prime because they tried to achieve beyond their means). He scoffs at his wife’s notion that Zeus fathered her son, and goes out of his way to in some ways, supplant his own son’s destiny through his marriage to a much younger woman, whom he immediately impregnates (he either unknowingly or knowingly is pitting any future heirs against his current one, and placing his own life at risk). Philip is rather unkind, doing whatever he pleases at all times, and has no time nor patience for anyone’s feelings. He sees his son as weak for being emotional, and sometimes humiliates himself, his wife, and his children in public, through his drunken outbursts, his insistence upon having everyone’s respect, and his accusations (he says his wife wants him dead, and he has always known this). Philip has very little vision and thinks his son is foolish for possessing grand ideas, and does not think much beyond the present or his actions in the moment.

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Philip is pretty much all about having a good time, and excessive in his over-indulgences; rather than face the darkness about himself, he takes pleasure wherever he can find it, seeking out distractions in many forms (lovers, new wives, horses, parties, and drinking) and earning his son’s reproaches and scorn for living such a dissolute lifestyle. He tends to think he can take whatever he wants, and for the most part, he has it, while refusing to admit that he can be selfish or overly material. He comes drunken into his wife’s room and tries to rape her, until he realizes her son is watching him; he rapes another man during one his parties, while others hold him down; he accuses Alexander of conspiring against him and being rude to his family, and demands he apologize – but then shout at him and humiliates himself in front of his court when Alexander refuses. Philip is overall negative, pessimistic, and distrustful; he doesn’t like or trust his wife not to scheme against him, he tells Alexander to lower his expectations for his future, because he will never achieve his dreams, and doubts that his son can do what he says he can do.