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History of Alexander the Great Alexander the Great is known as the most powerful military leader and Conqueror of the ancient world Before he turned 30 years old he Conquered an empire stretching over 3000 miles from Greece to India He was born in 356 BC in Macedonia known today as northern Greece Alexanders parents were Philip II and Olympians and his father ruled Macedonia at that time Philip II hired Aristotle the famous Greek Philosopher to live at his royal residence and educate his son Alexander Through his schooling Alexander acquired a fondness for Homer and an Obsession with the heroic age Later Phillip II divorced his wife Olympians To marry a younger princess causing Alexander to run away As Alexander grew he returned from time to time to Macedonia but Remained detached from his father Around June 336 when Alexander Was 20 years old his father Philip II was murdered mysteriously leaving Alexander to become king His first mission was to conquer The Persians who lived in a Country known today as Iran At this time the Persians were Powerful and ruled an immense Territory Their region included Not only Persia but also Syria Asia Minor Turkey Egypt and Lands stretching all the way to India Darius the Persian king Ruled from his capital city Persepolis Can you imagine the scene When the heroic Alexander Marched into Asia Minor with His military parade of about 30000 troops mostly Macedonians In a matter of two momentous Battles he had defeated large Persian armies
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