Philip II PhiloromaeusPhilip II Philoromaeus
(heavy-foot) was son of the Seleucid king Philip I Philadelphus
. Philip II himself briefly reigned parts of Syria in the 60's B.C., as a client-king under Pompey
. He competed with his second cousin Antiochus XIII Asiaticus
of the favours of the great Roman general, but Pompey would have none of them and had Antiochus murdered. Philip survived him only for a few months: in 63 B.C. the Syrian governor Gabinius killed him on Pompey's behalf. Philip himself was indeed an insignificant pawn, but with him ended eleven generations of Seleucid kings, by far the mightiest rulers of the hellenistic world.