Alexander The Great, The King Of Macedonia Essays

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Alexander the Great, the King of Macedonia, was born in July 356 BC in Pella, Macedonia. To this day he is known as one of the best and most brilliant military leaders. Driven by his great ambition to create a universal kingdom, he won much of what was then the civilized world. He was the son of Philip of Macedon, who was a brilliant general. His mother was Olympias, princess of Epirus. She was very intelligent, but also hot-tempered. Alexander inherited the best qualities of his father and mother. Due to the fact that he spent so much time with his father’s army, he was a very mature boy. As a child he would become upset after listening news that his father had conquered and taken another territory. This was because he was concerned that there would be nothing more left for him to do (John, 1996). He was also a very strong and fearless child. He single handedly tamed Bucephalus, a horse that no one else dared to even lay a hand on. His father’s reply was, "My boy, you must find a kingdom big enough for your ambitions. Macedonia is too small for you." This would be the horse that carried him into India. Alexander was so attached to his horse that he would later build a city and name it Bucephala in memory of it. When Alexander was approximately 13 years old, his father hired Aristotle to tutor him. He was always excited to explore new things. Aristotle encouraged Alexander to take interest in other countries, races of people, as well as plants and animals. He…

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