Alexander was born in 356 B.C. He was born in Pella, the ancient capital of Macedonia. He was the son of Philip II, king of Macedonia, and of Olympias, a princess of Epirus. At the age of 13, Aristotle was hired to be Alexander's private tutor. Aristotle inspired interests of politics, other races of people and countries, plants and animals, and a great love for literature in Alexander ("Overview of Alexander the Great." 1). He was an outstanding athlete and excelled in every sport of his time (Durant 538). In 338 B.C., at the age of 18, Alexander led the cavalry of his father's army in the Battle of Chaeronea, which brought Greece under Macedonian control. At the age of 20, Alexander's father was murdered by one of his bodyguards, and Alexander succeeded the throne as king of Macedonia.
After Alexander's father died, some Greek cities under Macedonian rule... [continues]
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