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Chaeronea(kĕrənē`ə), ancient town of Boeotia, Greece, in the Cephissus (now Kifisós) River valley and NW of Thebes. There the Athenians and Thebans were defeated (338 B.C.) by the Macedonians under Philip II, and in 86 B.C. Sulla defeated the army of Mithradates VI of Pontus under Archelaus. Chaeronea was the birthplace of Plutarch.
an ancient city in Boeotia, Greece. The battle of Chaeronea took place not far from the city on Aug. 2 or, according to some sources, Sept. 1, 338 B.C. In the battle, an army 30,000 strong under Philip II of Macedon clashed with forces of roughly equal strength sent by Athens and Boeotia. The joint action of the Macedonian cavalry and the left wing of the Macedonian phalanx decided the battle for Philip. The left wing, which was under the command of the king’s 18-year-old son Alexander (the Great), attacked while the cavalry outflanked the enemy’s right. Philip’s victory led to the establishment of Macedonian hegemony in Greece.