He was born in 356 BC. His parents were Philip, the brother of King Perdiccas III of Macedon, in Northern Greece. His mother was Olympias, daughter of King Neoptolemus I of Epirus, in modern Albania. He also had a younger sister, Cleopatra (not the famous Egyptian queen). However, this family was not as ordinary as one might think.
In fact, his parentsabsolutely hated each other. Philip had complied with Macedonian tradition and had a few wives. Soon, one of his wives had a baby which had mysteriously become disabled after birth. It was said that the disability was due to poisoning from Olympias. Olympias sometimes told Alexander that Philip wasn’t his real father, but this probably wasn’t true. After all, Philip certainly did seem to care for Alexander as if he was his real son.
He even appointed Aristotle himself as Alexander’s first and only tutor. Yet, there weresome things about Alexander that made Philip angry. He hated the fact that his was very skinny and the fact that he had a high-pitched voice. Still, Alexander felt lucky to have this man as his father and mentor.
In 359 BC, when Alexander was three, Philip’s Brother, King Peridcaas III, died. It was originally planned that his son, Amyntas, was tosucceed him with Philip as his regent, but Philip usurped his nephew’s throne and made himself King Philip II. In a few decades, he proved to be a stronger king and he eventually conquered most of Greece. When he was in his teens, Alexander’s father came to him one day and told him that he had to leave to fight in a war.
Thus Alexander, being his regent, would have to serve for the time being. While his father was away, Alexander led an expedition to a wild region of modern day Bulgaria. Here, he found a race of wild barbarians, whom he later subdued. He, then, established his first city, Alexandropolis, at the site of this defeat.
This made his strength apparent to everyone and consequently became general of his father’s army. However, things still weren’t amiable between father and son. On one occasion, Philip was attacked and hurt by rioters and he fell and played dead on the ground. Alexander shielded the attackers away and his father lived,but he never acknowledged the fact that Alexander saved his life.
Alexander deeply resented him for this. Alexander was known for his many temper tantrums. One memorable one was during a dinner party celebrating his final marriage. His uncle gave a toast saying that he hoped that they would have a child to take over throne. Alexander replied,’; so am I just a bastard?’; and he threw his goblet at his uncle.
This started such a great brawl between the two that Philip stood up and drew his sword at Alexander, but fell over drunk before he got even close to him. To this Alexander yelled, ‘;Look, men,he’s about to cross from Europe to Asia, and he falls crossing from chair to chair. ‘; Thisincident forced Alexander and his mother to leave Macedon, but, several years later, they reconciled with him and moved back. However, soon after their return, Philip was stabbed by the Captain of his bodyguards while he was entering the theater that his nephews wedding was being held in.
The assassin fled across a vineyard. He might have escaped, but a vine caught his foot and he tripped. He was killed by some other bodyguards instantly. Philip’s death in 336 BC lead Alexander to succeed him and become King Alexander III. By this time, he was twenty years old.
It was said that he was an incredibly handsome man and he always was clean shaven. Although he was a heavy drinker, he .