Alexander the Great


Alexander the Great was a man with no equal in History. He was one of the most important forces known to man. Alexander the Great then crossed the Hellespoint, which is now called the Dardanelles and, as head of a Greek army undertook the war on Persia that his father had been planning. The march he had begun was to be one of the greatest in history. Alexander was one of the biggest influenced on people of all time and one of the most powerful personalities. He really molded people into acting the correct way. He brought people together and showed them how to live better. He defiantly changed the lives of many. Alexander the Great was born in 356 BC Philip his father was the brother of Perdiccas III king of Macedonia. His mother?s name was Olympia?s. Olympia?s was the daughter of King Neoptolemus I. He was known wide to be a great powerful man. Alexander had a younger sister named Cleopatra. The whole family had a lot of very important background. It was a fact that Alexander and Cleopatra?s parents did not get along. At this time it was a Macedonian tradition to have many wives. Philip had several and Olympia?s hated them all. She felt much hate towards them. When one of her rivals gave birth to a retarded son Arridaeus, there were many rumors that Olympia?s poisoned him. Olympia?s told Alexander that Philip wasn't his real father although he was. He made sure the boy was well educated, even the great philosopher Aristotle was one of Alexander's tutors. Even thought he though him well Philip wasn?t a very good father. He always discouraged Alexander and made him feel worthless. When Alexander the great was 3 his father?s son King Perdiccas died. His young son Amyntas was supposed to take his place as ruler. Philip was supposed to help him but he made his way above him making himself King Philip II. He proved to be a strong ruler, and in a few decades he conquered most of Greece. As a teenager Alexander became friends wit a boy around his age named Hephaestion. It was rumored that they were lovers. At this time Homosexuality was accepted in Greece. Even Alexander's father had many male lovers. Till this day no one really knows the relationship between the two but it is said that throughout their lives they stood by each other. When Alexander turned his father went away to war, leaving Alexander to serve as leader of Macedon. During the time Philip was away Alexander led people to the area known today as Bulgaria where he made his first city, Alexandropolis. After the success of this he became a general in his father's army. Even though it seemed Alexander was a good son, things were still tense between him and his father. His father would always try to hurt him in any way possible. On one occasion Philip was injured while fighting soldiers, He fell to the ground and played dead while Alexander shielded him and had to fight off his attackers. Philip never even acknowledged that Alexander had saved his life. Alexander was known as having a bad temper. He would always yell at everyone and start fights. He was always upset that his father did not come about him. One time at a party Alex got mad at something that someone said and started fighting. "History does not record what they said, but it was enough to enrage Philip. He pulled his sword, lunged at Alexander - and fell drunkenly to the floor. "Look, men," Alexander sneered, "he's about to cross from Europe to Asia, and he falls crossing from couch to couch." This was about the time when they were planning to invade the Asia Minor. Much time had gone buy and many important things happened to his family and friends. All these people had a great effect on the way he acted in his job as a leader. After his father's murder in 336 BC Alexander became King Alexander III. Once he got power he had many people executed such as his cousin. One person suprisingly he did not kill was his retarded half-brother. Philip's last bride had given birth to her second daughter, and Olympia?s is said to have had the child killed in front of the mother. Alexander became king when he