Alexander the Great was one of the most successful conquerors of the ancient history; he was the king of one of the largest empires of history and remained invincible during his lifetime. Born in Macedonia, Alexander inherited strong traits of leadership, intellect, and valor from his father Philip II who was the strong leader of Macedon. Alexander was very fortunate to have Aristotle as his teacher and the time he spent with Aristotle at the Academy had remarkable influences on the various decisions made by Alexander during his conquest (Stoneman). Alexander developed the traits of a true leader because Phillip had given a great attention to the education and military training of his son. Alexander was not only brave at heart but also possessed tremendous mental strength. He always believed himself to be the true leader of Macedon and considered himself destined to defeat the Persian army and conquer Persia. Alexander always remained in search of events to prove his valor and strength as a warrior in the battlefield and lead a number of successful expeditions during the rule of his father; at times he went as far as to disregard his father’s achievements in his claim of strength and intellect (Wood). Alexander’s accession to the throne of Macedon did not take place smoothly, he has to prove himself to be the most lawful heir of the throne amid opposition from some of the most notable companions of his father, this is the reason he had to curb revolts in various regions of his father’s empire immediately after his accession, which he successfully did.During his time at the Academy, Alexander made friends who served him during his lifetime as his generals in the battlefield and his advisors while he made important decisions; this quality of making lifelong friends contributed a lot to his success. Alexander was always encouraged by her mother Olympia about his ambition to conquer Persia. According to some of the historians, in her letters to Alexander during his conquest of Egypt and then Persia, she told him that he was the son of Zeus and not Phillip (Shone and Ganeri).
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