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Alexander The Great : Alexander The Great

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Alexander the Great, also known as the King of Macedonia, was a famous Greek king who came to the throne in the year 336BC. He was named Alexander ‘the Great’ because he and his army had never been defeated. He was one of the best-known rulers in ancient history and was responsible for changing the face of the ancient world. The ancient kingdom of northern Greece was called Macedonia. This powerful empire was ruled by Alexander’s father, King Philip II. He had built up a strong and united empire in Ancient Greece, which Alexander inherited. Alexander’s Early Years Alexander was a prince born in 356 BCE, in the Pella region of Macedonia, to the king of Macedon, Philip II, and his wife Queen Olympas. Growing up, Alexander rarely saw his father, who was away at war a lot, so Alexander and his sister were raised in the royal court by their mother who was a strong role model, tutors, and other people who helped the royal family. Alexander the Great spent much of his childhood learning to be a leader. At the age of 10, he managed to tame a wild horse. Since then, this horse named “Bucephalus” became his companion in all battles and wars. He was tutored by legendary Greek philosopher Aristotle. From Aristotle and his other tutors, young Alexander learned mathematics, reading, writing, philosophy, politics and how to play the lyre. He was also instructed on how to fight, ride a horse, and hunt. Alexander really enjoyed fighting and he became skilled at war, both planning attacks
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