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Alexander the Great is said to be one of the greatest conquerors of all time and yet his significance in battle showed up late in his life His early years were spent in poverty and as the years progressed his dream of being a war hero grew dimmer and dimmerIronically while he was later known as a war hero he was still feared by all because of his reputation as a drinker and murderer But first his background He was born in 356 BC His parents were Philip the brother of King Perdiccas III of Macedon in Northern Greece His mother was Olympias daughter of King Neoptolemus I of Epirus in modern Albania He also had a younger sister Cleopatra not the famous Egyptian queenHowever this family was not as ordinary as one might think In fact his parents absolutely hated each other Philip had complied with Macedonian tradition and had a few wives Soon one of his wives had a baby which had mysteriously become disabled after birth It was said that the disability was due to poisoning from Olympias Olympias sometimes told Alexander that Philip wasnt his real father but this probably wasnt trueAfter all Philip certainly did seem to care for Alexander as if he was his real son He even appointed Aristotle himself as Alexanders first and only tutor Yet there were some things about Alexander that made Philip angry He hated the fact that his was very skinny and the fact that he had a high-pitched voice Still Alexander felt lucky to have this man as his father and mentor In 359 BC when Alexander was three Philips Brother King Peridcaas III died It was originally planned that his son Amyntas was tosucceed him with Philip as his regent but Philip usurped his nephews throne and made himself King Philip II In a few decades he proved to be a stronger king and he eventually conquered most of Greece When
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