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Jason of Pherae was the ruler of Thessaly during the period just before Philip of Macedon came to power. He was appointed tagus, or king, of Thessaly in the 370s BC and soon extended his control to much of the surrounding region. Controlling a highly-trained mercenary force as well as the famous Thessalian cavalry, Jason briefly transformed Thessaly into a powerful Greek state and even spoke of invading the Persian Empire. However, he was assassinated in 370 before his dreams could be realized. His son, Alexander of Pherae, inherited the title of tagus and ruled harshly before finally being defeated by the Thebans.

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