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Alexander The Great 356 - 323 B C King of Acquisitions and Mergers His Childhood Alexander was born in 356 BC His father was Philip the King of Macedonia and his mother was Olympias daughter of King Neoptolemus I of Epirus Albania Philip was very proud of his son Alexander but they had a very stormy relationship Philips multiple marriages took a toll on Alexander Olympias was very jealous and spiteful towards Philips lesser wives Alexander had a half-sister named Cleopatra not the famous Egyptian Queen and a half-brother named Arrhidaeus Arrhidaeus was brain-damaged it was rumored that Olympias had given the boy drugs in vengeance and fear for Alexanders inheritance Philip made sure that Alexander was well educated He sent for Aristotle to be one of his tutors Alexander became friends with a boy named Hephaestion they would remain loyal to each other for life Early characteristics of a leader He had a thirst for knowledge He was extremely observant He was straightforward He was brave Life As the Prince Philip often left Alexander in charge when he was taken away from Macedonia on business At the age of sixteen during one of his fathers absences Alexander led an army to subdue the rebellious barbarians Maedi He managed to move the Maedi out and renamed the city Alexandropolis after himself After this he became the general of his fathers army During the celebrations for Philips marriage to his final wife a falling out occurred between Alexander and his father The brides uncle toasted the couple saying that he hoped that a legitimate heir to the throne would result from the marriage Alexander became enraged shouting What about me Am I a bastard and threw a goblet at the uncle Philip who was intoxicated drew his sword and lunged at Alexander He
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