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Alexander the Great a Macedonian King is considered one of the most successful and influential military commanders in world history Alexander was born in July of 356 BC at Pella Macedon He was the son of King Philip II of Macedon and his fourth wife the Eprius princess Olympias However legend explains that Alexanders real father was Zeus not Philip Arixstandros Telmisy a distinguished oracle determined that Olympias was pregnant and that her child possessed the traits of a lion Being born into nobility Alexander had an excellent education In fact Alexander was thoroughly taught by Aristotle at the Mieze temple in rhetoric and literature along with the other boys belonging to the Macedonian aristocracy Aristotle taught him to appreciate the Iliad and the works of Homer In addition Aristotle inspired Alexanders interest in science medicine and philosophy His uncle Leonidas taught Alexander how to play many musical instruments such as the lyre Philip II contributed greatly to his sons education and hired the most renowned philosophers and teachers Alexanders father Phillip II ruled Macedon from 359 to 336 BC Alexanders accomplishments may not have been achieved if it werent for his fathers military and political efforts Philips military work included fortifying the Macedonian army and establishing alliances which would prove necessary for many of Alexanders conquests One strength of the Macedonian army was their tactics and formation of the phalanx which was created by Philip The Macedonian phalanx had a variety of formations however for the most part it was composed of a sixteen men on a side with a total of 256 men in each unit The soldiers were equipped with a sarissa a thirteen-foot spear In addition the formation of the phalanx was able to transform into a line or wedge shape which would be indicated by flags and trumpet signals Another strength of the Macedonian army included their cavalry Alexander divided his cavalry into three sections light cavalry companion cavalry and
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