Alexander The Great

Alexander The Great

ALEXANDER THE GREAT
Alexander the Great was one of the greatest military geniuses of all times. At an early age Alexander had the promise to become a great leader. Through all his victories and conquests, he has become a great hero and has had a large impact on history. Born in 356 BC in Pella, the ancient capital of Macedonia, Alexander was the son of Philip II, king of Macedonia, and of Olympias, a princess of Epirus. Alexanders tutor, Aristotle taught him from the age of 13 to 16 and stimulated his interest in science, medicine, and philosophy. In the summer of 336 BC Philip was assassinated, and Alexander ascended to the Macedonian throne. He soon showed his power when the large city of Thebes revolted in 335. Alexander tactics became very useful when he gained his throne. Alexander took over Egypt, where hieroglyphic inscriptions show that he probably presented himself as the successor to the Persian king as the lands ruler rather than as an Egyptian pharaoh. On the coast, west of the Nile River Alexander founded a new city in 331 BC named Alexandria after himself, the first of the many cities

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