Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great was a man with no equal in History. He was one of the most important forces known to man. Alexander the Great then crossed the Hellespoint, which is now called the Dardanelles and, as head of a Greek army undertook the war on Persia that his father had been planning. The march he had begun was to be one of the greatest in history. Alexander was one of the biggest influenced on people of all time and one of the most powerful personalities. He really molded people into acting the correct way. He brought people together and showed them how to live better. He defiantly changed the lives of many.
Alexander the Great was born in 356 BC Philip his father was the brother
of Perdiccas III king of Macedonia. His mother’s name was Olympia’s. Olympia’s
was the daughter of King Neoptolemus I. He was known wide to be a great powerful man. Alexander had a younger sister named Cleopatra. The whole family had a lot of very important background.

It was a fact that Alexander and Cleopatra’s parents did not get along. At
this time it was a Macedonian tradition to have many wives. Philip had
several and Olympia’s hated them all. She felt much hate towards them. When
one of her rivals gave birth to a retarded son Arridaeus, there were many
rumors that Olympia’s poisoned him. Olympia’s told Alexander that Philip
wasn\'t his real father although he was. He made sure the boy was well
educated, even the great philosopher Aristotle was one of Alexander\'s
tutors. Even thought he though him well Philip wasn’t a very good father. He
always discouraged Alexander and made him feel worthless.

When Alexander the great was 3 his father’s son King Perdiccas died. His
young son Amyntas was supposed to take his place as ruler. Philip was
supposed to help him but he made his way above him making himself King
Philip II. He proved to be a strong ruler, and in a few decades he conquered
most of Greece.

As a teenager Alexander became friends wit a boy around his age named
Hephaestion. It was rumored that they were lovers. At this time Homosexuality
was accepted in Greece. Even Alexander\'s father had many male lovers. Till
this day no one really knows the relationship between the two but it is said
that throughout their lives they stood by each other.

When Alexander turned his father went away to war, leaving Alexander to
serve as leader of Macedon. During the time Philip was away Alexander led
people to the area known today as Bulgaria where he made his first city,
Alexandropolis. After the success of this he became a general in his
father\'s army. Even though it seemed Alexander was a good son, things were
still tense between him and his father. His father would always try to hurt
him in any way possible. On one occasion Philip was injured while fighting
soldiers, He fell to the ground and played dead while Alexander shielded him
and had to fight off his attackers. Philip never even acknowledged that Alexander had saved his life.

Alexander was known as having a bad temper. He would always yell at everyone
and start fights. He was always upset that his father did not come about
him. One time at a party Alex got mad at something that someone said and
started fighting. “History does not record what they said, but it was enough
to enrage Philip. He pulled his sword, lunged at Alexander - and fell
drunkenly to the floor. "Look, men," Alexander sneered, "he\'s about to cross
from Europe to Asia, and he falls crossing from couch to couch." This was
about the time when they were planning to invade the Asia Minor.

Much time had gone buy and many important things happened to his family and friends. All these people had a great effect on the way he acted in his job as a leader.

After his father\'s murder in 336 BC Alexander became King Alexander III.
Once he got power he had many people executed such as his cousin. One person
suprisingly he did not kill was his retarded half-brother. Philip\'s last
bride had given birth to her second daughter, and Olympia’s is said to have
had the child killed in front of the mother.

Alexander became king when he was twenty years old. He was very good looking but he was a big drinker. He had good health and was very athletic. He
enjoyed reading, music,