Alexander the Great
On July twentieth, 356 B.C. Alexander the Great was born. His Father was Philip, the
King of Macedonia. His mother was Olympia, daughter of the late King Epirus.
Alexander was quite mature for his age. At 13 he started learning from Aristotle, he was
trained with other children. It was at this time that he met Hephastion, his future best
Friend. Aristotle gave Alexander training in rhetoric and literature and sparked his
Interest in science, medicine, and philosophy, all which became important later
In his life. When Alexander was 14 his father was going to purchase a black stallion.
The horse was to wild and no one thought it could be tamed. Alexander decided
That he could do it and leapt onto its back and started a sixteen year relationship
with the horse. He named the horse Bucephalus At the age of sixteen his father made him
regent , with the power to rule in his father's name. While his father was away ,one of
the colonies revolted. Alexander quickly marched troops to the area. Also at 16 he
founded his first colony and named it Alexandroupolis. At age eighteen Alexander
was left in command of the left wing of the Macedonian army at the battle of
Chaeronea. The battle was won thanks to a cavalry attack led by Alexander.
Alexander never got along well with his father, he had always been closer to
his mother Olympia. Philip and Olympia did not get along well because she was
non-Macedonian. The family split apart when Philip married a women named Cleopatra
a Macedonian. When Philip divorced Olympia Alexander fled. He was allowed to return
but remained isolated until Philip was assassinated in the summer of 336 B.C. Alexander
ascended to the throne at age 20. Soon after that he took the title Alexander the Great.
In 335 the city of Thebes revolted and Alexander stormed the city by force taking 30,000
as slaves. He could never dominate force in this as long as Darius the Persian ruler was
alive. After beating Persia the second and last time in 332, Darius had managed...