After Timoleon's death, Sicily enjoyed an unprecedented twenty-year period of peace and prosperity. Things were not so quiet in the East, however. The Macedonians, under Philip II and his son Alexander, soon to be known as the Great, had forged in twelve short years an empire that covered the known world from Greece to India. In the wake of Alexander's sudden demise, a host of would-be successors vied to share in the Great Macedonian's glory, including Agathocles, last and most brutal of the tyrants of Sicily.
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