Perseus, last king of Macedonia, born about 220 B.C., was the eldest son of, Philip V. When quite a boy he was. appointed to the command of an expedition sent to guard Pelagonia against the Illyrians. He treacherously compassed the death of his brother, whom he suspected of designs on the throne. He ascended the throne in 179 B.C., when his father died, and endeavoured to strengthen his position by conciliating the people and connecting himself with neighbouring potentates; but his avarice and ambition embroiled him with the Romans, who defeated him after a struggle of three years' duration. He was banished to Alba in 167 i B.C., dying there within five years from that date. The Roman historians speak very unfavourably of him.