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New York NY Praeger Publishers Inc 1970 In Peter Greens Alexander the Great he tells some of the story of Alexander and how one must know the story of Philip of Macedon in order to know the story of Alexander Philip was a powerful leader and figure in mid 300 BC He married several times in hopes that he would have a male heir to his throne He first two wives died probably in childbirth and Alexander was born of Myrtale or Olympias her adopted name in 356 BC Philips third wife Peter Green begins by giving the reader a sense of how Philip and Alexanders relationship began Philip was very intelligent and he saw the same intelligence in Alexander Alexanders daily routines were lessons in scholarly work from tutors and lessons in discipline and power from Philip During Alexanders youth Philip was an icon for his son Alexander absorbed the teachings from his father and later used that to dominate and conquer other armies The downfall of the relationship and probably the root of Alexanders bitterness took place when Philip took his fourth wife Cleopatra and accused Alexander of being an illegitimate son It is believed that Philip betrayed his family on the belief that Alexander and Olympias were plotting the overthrow of Philip When Philip was murdered Alexander immediately took over as King It was during this time that Alexander earned his legacy as King of Kings a brilliant military strategist and perhaps most importantly a hero He went on to conquer the Persia Egypt and Mesopotamia as well as others in his lifetime Alexanders life has played a significant role in society as we know it He continues to be noted for his military tactics and bravery Peter Green was also very adamant about pointing out to his readers the charisma that Alexander the Great portrayed Peter Green received his PhD from Cambridge University and has written several historical novels His work
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