Alexander The Great

Just like anybody today, you can tell a lot about a person by the way in which they were brought up, and Alexander of Macedon's upbringing was anything but ordinary. He was born to Phillip and Olympia in late July of 356 BC. It was a well known fact that Alexander's parents did not get along. Phillip, such was the custom, had more than one wife, and Olympia was not fond of these conventions. So much so, that when one of Phillips other wives gave birth to a son whom was retarded, many thought that Olympia had poisoned the child. This is just a glimpse of the kind of childhood that Alexander went through. At one point Alexander and his mother where actually both banished from the kingdom. It was also a well know that Phillip tried to demean Alexander at every occasion where he had the opportunity to do so. Once, shortly before Phillip died, he had an altercation with his son at a party, the origins of which where apparently never recorded. The dispute elevated out of control, and Phillip drunkenly lunged at his son, only too fall face first onto the floor. To this Alexander remarked, "Look men, he's about to cross from Europe



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