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Alexander The Great Alexander became a new king of Macedonia on an unsteady throne able to conquer the Persian Empire and was one of the greatest military geniuses this world has ever seen He ventured farther and won more battles than any conqueror before him He is forever known as Alexander the Great Greece page 192 Alexander was born in 356 BC in Pella capital of Macedonia His father was Philip II Philip was the brother of King Perdiccas of Macedonia Alexanders mothers name was Olympias daughter of King Neoptolemus I of Epirus Alexander had one younger sister named Cleopatra Encarta pg 1 The people of Macedonia were a semi-Greek culture They spoke Greek but they spoke it badly They did not do what normal Greeks did The Macedonians were very violent and invaded other lands a lot They didnt do ships like the other Greeks but they looked and acted Greek Before Philip became king he found a deposit of silver and becomes tremendously rich He became so rich he was able to educate Macedonia with schools Philip also invented the phalanx This was a very effective battle strategy that nobody else knew of Capen pg 1 In 359 BC when Alexander was 3 King Perdiccas died His young son Amyntas was supposed to take the throne but Philip overthrew his nephew and made himself King Philip II Philip began to show he was a strong ruler instantly and in a few decades he conquered most of Greece Alexander pg 1 Unfavorably for Alexander and Cleopatra their parents hated each other a lot Philip had other less important wives and children that Olympias treated with great enmity all which was normal at that time When one of Philips other wives gave birth to a retarded child named Philip Arridaeus it was rumored that Olympias poisoned the child to cause his disability Olympias once told Alexander that Philip wasnt really his father She said that
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