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These were his last words that the friend had received from the king before he died in his ring as the symbol of his regency on the sundown of 10th of June after the ten day fever in the Palace of Nabukodonossor Two of his lifes most famous quotes were I would rather live a short life of glory than a long one of obscurity1 and Its better to burn out than fade away2 By these quotes he meant that he would rather be popular for a short period of time then be unknown for the rest of his life Alexandros III Philippou Makedonon was Alexander the Greats true name at birth Alexanders parents who loved him and cared for him were King Phillip II of Macedon and one of his wives Queen Olympias who was the princess of Epirus and daughter of King Neoptolemus Alexander was born in Pella Macedonia in late July of 356 BC on the same day which the famous Temple of Artemis at Ephesus was destroyed by fire He lived in Pella most of his childhood and 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 Alexander knew the Iliad by heart He loved Homer and always slept with a copy of the Iliad under his pillow His first teacher was Leonidas a relative of Olympia Leonidas instilled in Alexander his ascetic nature for which he became famous during his future campaigns Aristotle was Alexanders second tutor Alexander from age 13 to 16 together with the other boys belonging to the Macedonian aristocracy was taught by Aristotle at the Mieza temple about 30 kilometers from the royal palace at Pella it was the great Greek philosopher himself who introduced them to the world of arts and sciences he gave Alexander a thorough training in rhetoric and
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