at Pella, the capitale of the antique Macedonia in 356 before JC, Alexander
was the son of Phillip II – on the right -, king of the Molloses,
in Epire. Like every king, he has been bred by private tutors and particularly
Aristotle, who taught him pholosophy, politics and the art of governing.
He enjoyed Homer’s books a lot and besides he slept with a copy
of the Iliad under his pillow.
At that time, Asia Minor, with towns like Ephesus or Milet, was dominated
by Persians and Grecian cities tried to make several foray above the
Aegean Sea yet but their intern divisions always make it possible for
the Great King of Persia to remain the ruler.
the age of 16, Alexander, the guardian of the power and of the royal
seal, holds the regency of his father during military campaign. Only
shortly after, he would lead an army to subdue an undefeated Thrace
people : the Maides.
summer 336 before JC, while the wedding of Cleopatra, Alexander’s
sister, was celebrated, Philip was assassinated by a young Macedonian.
Alexander is only 20 when he succeeded his father and ascends to the
throne. He is also confronted with some plotters who opposed to his
accession but he restores the Macedonian sovereignty really fast and
is elected major of « Corinth’s league » at the states’s
assembly » in 336 before JC.
later, Alexander must intervene at the Balkans in order to put down a revolt
of few Thrace tribes and when he comes back in Macedonia, he has to face with
the Greek’s insurrection at Thebes who fast lay down his arms. The town
is razed except for the temple and for his inhabitant reduced to slavery.