Alexander the great is a king of Macedon form 336-323 B.C. The full name of Alexander is Alexander III of Macedon. He may claim the title of the greatest military leader. His empire spread from Gibraltar to the Punjab, and he made greek the lingua franca of his world. The Greek is the language that helped spread early Christianity. The father of Alexander is Philip II. Following are the 13 facts about Alexander the great.
- 13 Facts About Alexander The Great
- 1. Birth
- 2. Parents
- 3. Education
- 4. Who Was Bucephalus?
- 5. The Promise Shown When Alexander Was Regent
- 6. His Early Military Prowess
- 7. Alexander Succeeds His Father To The Throne
- 8. Alexander Was Wary of Those Around Him
- 9. Alexander Wives
- 10. His Offspring
- 11. Alexander Solved the Gordian Knot
- 12. Death of Alexander
- 13. Who Were Alexander’s Successors?
13 Facts About Alexander The Great
Alexander was born around July 19/20, 356 B.C.
Alexander was born to King Philip II of Macedon and Olympias. Her mother is the daughter of King Neoptoleums I of Epirus. Olympias was not the only wife of Philip but there were many conflicts between Alexander’s parents.
Alexander was educated by his uncle Leonidas and the great Greek philosher Aristotle.
4. Who Was Bucephalus?
Bucephalus was the tamed wild horse of Alexander.
5. The Promise Shown When Alexander Was Regent
In 340 B.C., his father Philip went off to fight rebels, then Alexander was made regent in Macedonia. During his regency, the Maedi of northern Macedonia revolted. Alexander put down the revolt and renamed their city as Alexandropolis.
6. His Early Military Prowess
In 338 August, Alexander showed his mettle helping his father Philip to win the battle of Chaeronea.
7. Alexander Succeeds His Father To The Throne
In 336 B.C. Alexander’s father was assassinated and then he became the ruler of Macedonia.
8. Alexander Was Wary of Those Around Him
Alexander the great had potential rivals executed in order to secure the throne.
9. Alexander Wives
Alexander the great had 3 probable wives Roxane, Statiera and Parysatis
10. His Offspring
Alexander’s children are Herakles, son of Alexander’s mistress Barsine and Alexander IV, son of Roxane.
11. Alexander Solved the Gordian Knot
In 333 B.C., Alexander the great was in Gordium and he undid the Gordian knot. This is the fabled knot tied by the father of the legendry ass-earned King Midas. Alexander the Great may have undone the knot by the simple expedience of slashing through it with a sword.
12. Death of Alexander
In 323 B.C., at the age of 33 Alexander the Great returned the area of modern India and Pakistan to Babylonia and became ill suddenly and died. The cause of his death is disease or poison.
13. Who Were Alexander’s Successors?
The successors of Alexander are known as the Diadochi.