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King Alexander Alexander the Greats past was not one to model ones life after although he did make an impact on history today He led a short life but it was not a wasteful one He achieved many goals and ventured to many places and he deserves the right to hold his status he has today in history In 336 BC Alexanders father King Philip was murder Alexander became King Alexander III He had several rival claimants to the throne executed including his cousin Amyntas whose throne Philip had usurped However he spared the life of his retarded half-brother Arridaeus Olympias too rid herself of enemies Philips last bride had given birth to her second daughter and Olympias is said to have had the child killed in the mothers presence before forcing the unhappy woman to hang herself Alexander became king when he was twenty years old He was an exceptionally handsome man who set a fashion for the clean-shaven look Although he was a heavy drinker his health was excellent and he was very athletic He enjoyed reading music and the theater He was intensely loyal to his friends and the men he led And he was of course a brilliant general Soon after taking the throne Alexander proceeded with Philips planned war on Persia In a few years he conquered most of Asia Minor He was called Lord of Asia a title he had chosen for himself Because Alexander wanted the Persians to accept him as their leader he tried to treat them fairly But his impulsiveness caused by his bad temper and hard drinking sometimes got in the way of his good intentions According to one account Alexander decided to sack the Persian city of Persepolis after a courtesan suggested it at a drunken party The city and its palace were reduced to rubble The king of Persia Darius III fled from Persepolis and Alexander pursued him Darius
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