This is a list of top 15 facts about the “great” Alexander the Great. I hope you enjoy the list!
15. Alexander the Great was born around July 19/20, 356 B.C.
14. Alexander was born in Pella, Macedonia.
13. He was a Greek king of Macedon, a state in northern ancient Greece.
12. Alexander was the son of King Philip II of Macedon and Olympias, daughter of King Neoptolemus I of Epirus.
11. He was undefeated in battle and is considered one of history’s most successful commanders.
10. The philosopher Aristotle tutored Alexander until age 16.
9. In 336 B.C. his father Philip was assassinated, and Alexander the Great became ruler of Macedonia.
8. In 334 BC, he invaded Persian-ruled Asia Minor and began a series of campaigns that lasted ten years.
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7. When King Philip II returned to Pella, he fell in love with and married Cleopatra Eurydice, the niece of his general Attalus.
6. Alexander’s children were Herakles, son of Alexander’s mistress Barsine, and Alexander IV, son of Roxane.
5. On the day that Alexander was born, Philip was preparing himself for his siege on the city of Potidea on the peninsula of Chalkidiki.
4. One legend about Alexander the Great is that when he was in Gordium, in Turkey, in 333 B.C., he undid the Gordian Knot which had been tied by the legendary King Midas’ father.
3. Alexander began his reign by eliminating potential rivals to the throne. He had his cousin, the former Amyntas IV, executed.
2. By the age of thirty, Alexander the Great was the creator of one of the largest empires in ancient history.
1. On either 10 or 11 June 323 BC, Alexander died in the palace of Nebuchadnezzar II, in Babylon, at age 32.
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