Alexander is regarded by most historians as “the greatest general in history”.
Alexander never lost in a single battle.
His tactical exploits are still taught in military academies throughout the world.
Alexander’s most evident personality traits have been his violent temper and rash,impulsive nature.
Alexander had a great desire for knowledge, a love for philosophy and was an avidreader.
He had great charisma and force of personality, characteristics which made him agreat leader of men.
Alexander was born in July 356 BC, in Pella, the capital of the Kingdom of Macedon.
On his mother’s side, Alexander was a second cousin of Pyrrhus of Epirus, also acelebrated general, whom the phrase “Pyrrhic Victory” was derived.
On the day that Alexander was born, Philip was preparing himself for his siege on thecity of Potidea on the peninsula of Chalkidiki.
On the same day Philip also received news that his general Parmenion had defeatedthe combined Illyrian and Paeonian armies, and that his horses had won at the OlympicGames.
It was also said that on this day, the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus—one of the SevenWonders of the World—burnt down.
In connection to this, Hegesias of Magnesia said that it burnt down because Artemiswas attending the birth of Alexander.
Alexander was tutored by Leonidas of Epirus (not Leonidas, king of Sparta) and thegreat Greek philosopher Aristotle.