Alexander the Great

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Alexander the Great

Alexander accomplished greater deeds than, not only of the kings who had lived before him but also of those who were to come later down to our time .Alexander the Great was born at Pella Macedonia in 356 B.C.E. He spent his childhood years watching his father transforming Macedonia into a great military power. His Father was King Phillip and his mother was Olympias. His mother was the princes of neighboring Epirus. She was a deeply spiritual who taught her son about his ancestors such as Achilles and Hercules. From his earliest ages, then he was conditioned for conquest and glory in being a king. He then became focused on becoming a great ruler, which he soon will become.

As a young boy Alexander was fearless and strong. At the age of 12 he tamed a beautiful horse by the name of Bucephalus, a horse than no one else could ride. His father was so proud of him and his horsemanship. Aristotle came to Pella in 343 at Phillips bidding to direct education towards his son. Alexander was taught by him from the age thirteen to sixteen. Alexander was taught by Aristotle at the Mieza Temple.Alexander was told to have had a strong athletic build, but was shorter than the average Macedonian. He had fair skin, and was clean shaven most of the time. He had green eyes, and was said to be a very handsome man. When leading his army he would always wear something very recognizable from long distances by his enemies. Alexander wore two large white plumes in his hat to distinguish himself from the other soldiers during battle. While not in battle, the Macedonian usally wore Persian clothing, at least during his late twenties and early thirties. His silk Persian clothing had a long robe, cape, sash and headband in the royal purple and white colors.

Alexander the Great respected women, and treated them fairly. Aristotle's early teachings may have had something to do with Alexander's thoughts toward women. When taking young woman captive after overtaking a city, he would protect them from his troops, and treat them as if they were his daughters. Often, when talking to older queens, Alexander would refer to them as mother, showing his respect to them as if being a part of his close family. One of Alexander's finest acts was when he took his enemy Darius' mother and other family members when he conquered Persia: thinking that Alexander was going to kill them; Darius was much relieved to find that Alexander treated them royally and with respect as guests of his kingdom.
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