• Alexander was born to King Philip of Macedonia and his third wife Olympias in 356 BC in Pella.
• King Philip inherited a Macedonia that was weak, a mere buffer between nations.
• King Philip used discipline and a knowledge of tactics to form Macedonia's infantry, the Foot Companions, into a formidable force.
• Under Philip, and a combination of shrewd diplomacy and military strength, Macedonia became a powerful state in just a handful of years.
• Alexander grew up amid soldiers in Philip's palace. He was very close to his mother Olympias, who in some ways turned him against his father.
• Alexander sought excellence and glory, and always tried hard in everything he did. He wished to follow in his father's footsteps to even greater glory in battle.
• As a teenager, Alexander was sent to Mieza to study with Aristotle for a period of three years.
• In his...
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