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By Thomas R. Martin, Christopher W. Blackwell

Every little thing we all know approximately Alexander comes from historic assets, which agree unanimously that he was once notable and bigger than daily mortals. From his start right into a hypercompetitive global of royal girls via his education less than the eyes and fists of stern infantrymen and the piercing mind of Aristotle; via friendships, rivalries, conquests and negotiations; via acts of generosity and acts of homicide, this e-book explains who Alexander was once, what stimulated him, the place he succeeded (in his personal eyes) and the place he failed, and the way he believed that he earned a brand new 'mixed' nature combining the human and the divine.

This booklet explains what made Alexander 'Great' in keeping with the folk and expectancies of his time and position and rejects sleek judgments asserted at the foundation of an implicit ethical superiority to antiquity.

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To prevent his children from rivaling his power, Ouranos stuffed them back into Gaia’s womb. Kronos conspired with his mother, and when Ouranos next had sex with Gaia, the son cut off his father’s genitals with a curved knife. Kronos then seized his father’s position as ruler of the universe. Kronos married his sister Rhea, producing a third generation of gods. Kronos hated his children, swallowing each of them the moment they were born to keep them powerless. Furious at her husband, Rhea tricked him into swallowing a stone instead of her infant when Zeus was born.

Philip was unquestionably the head of the alliance, but he arranged for “The Greeks” to elect him to leadership under the title hegemon, a Greek word for a commander of a voluntary federation ruled by consensus rather than compulsion. By masking the harsh reality of his position behind the language of equality and cooperation, the politically astute Macedonian king helped the Greeks avoid further shame. As allies rather than subjects, they would be less likely to cause trouble behind his 30 – Opportunities and Risks as a Teenager (340s to 338 BC) – back.

17 2 Opportunities and Risks as a Teenager (340s to 338 BC) §1. Alexander had treated the warhorse Bucephalas as he wanted to be treated himself – by persuasion rather than compulsion. According to Plutarch, Philip knew his son could not be forced to do anything, only persuaded through reasoning. Recognizing this trait, in addition to Alexander’s boundless desire for knowledge, Philip secured the most persuasive teacher he could find to educate his son to become the best possible successor to the throne of a world power: the scientist, philosopher, and political theorist Aristotle.

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