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Alexander the Great Born Late July 356 BC in Pella Macedonia Died June10 323 BC in The Palace of Nabukodonossor Babylon Alexandros III Philippou Makedonon Alexander the Great Alexander III of Macedon King of Macedonia was born in July 356 BC in Pella Macedonia He was one of the greatest military geniuses in history His father Philip II of Macedon was a brilliant ruler and strategist His mother was Olympias princess of Epirus daughter of King Neoptolemus Arixstandros Telmisy a renowned dream interpreter determined that Olympias was pregnant and that the child would have the character of a lion Even as a young boy Alexander was fearless and strong At the age of twelve he tamed the beautiful and spirited Bucephalus ox-head in Greek a horse that no one else could ride Philip was so proud of Alexanders horsemanship that he said O my son seek out a kingdom worthy of thyself for Macedonia is too little for thee Alexander knew the Iliad by heart He loved Homer and always slept with a copy of the Iliad under his pillow Leonidas was Alexanders first teacher He was a relative of Olympias Leonidas instilled in Alexander the Spartan way of life which made Alexander into a militaristic machine Leonidas was replaced with Lysimachus who taught Alexander to play the lyre and to appreciate the arts From age 13 to 16 together with the other boys belonging to the Macedonian aristocracy Aristotle at the Mieza temple taught Alexander Alexanders actions were inspired by Dionysios Hercules Achilles and Cyrus the Great His actions were guided by the sprit of Homer who appeared in his dreams The Iliad was his manual of war Like Achilles he was a superhuman hero and warrior He exposed himself often to extreme danger during battle Alexander could support pain hunger thirst heat desperation and great suffering with immense patience like Hercules Alexander admired the personality of Cyrus the Great the founder of
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