Alexander the Great (his relationship with his father; how he came to power; his conquests)

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Alexander the Great, king of Macedonia, accomplished much in his lifetime. He added many new lands to his vast empire including Asia Minor, Syria, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Sogdiana, and part of India. He became the conqueror of the world he knew.

Alexander the Great was the son of Princess Olympias of Epirus (Cinderella) and King Philip II of Macedonia (Popovic). His parents hated each other and had an unstable marriage (Cinderella). Philip's relationship with Alexander was also poor. He once told his son that he should be embarrassed by his high-pitched voice (Cinderella). After Alexander had become a general in his father's army, Philip was wounded in battle and played dead (Cinderella). Alexander protected him and saved his life, but Philip refused to even acknowledge this (Cinderella). During the wedding feast celebrating Philip's marriage to his final wife, the bride's uncle, Attalus, made a toast hoping that the couple will have a legitimate heir for Philip (Cinderella).

Alexander became infuriated that he had been so easily dismissed as an heir, and throws his goblet at Attalus who in turn throws his goblet back, creating a brawl during which Philip and Alexander converse (Cinderella). It remains unknown what they said to each other, but it apparently angered Philip for he lunged at Alexander with his sword and, having been drunk, fell to the floor (Cinderella). To this Alexander commented, "Look, men, he's about to cross from Europe to Asia, and he falls crossing from couch to couch" (Cinderella). After this incident Alexander and Olympias left to go to Epirus, but they later returned (Popovic). On another occasion, Philip arranged a marriage between Alexander's retarded half brother, Arridaeus, and the daughter of a Persian satrap (Cinderella). Alexander, fearing that Philip was planning to make Arridaeus his successor instead of himself, secretly...