Interesting facts about Alexander the Great you never knew

1. He was taught by Aristotle.

Alexander’s father, Philip II of Macedon, hired Aristotle, one of history’s greatest philosophers, to educate the 13-year-old prince.

2. In 15 years of conquest, Alexander The Great never lost a battle.

Alexander the Great’s military tactics and strategies are still studied in military academies today.

3. Alexander The Great succeeded his father, Philip II, to the throne of Macedonia at the age of 20.

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Philip II was a great king of Macedon who defeated Athens and Thebes at the Battle of Chaeronea.

4. He named more than 70 cities after himself—and one after his horse.

Near the site of the battle of the river Hydaspes, Alexander founded the city of Bucephala, named for his favorite horse, which was mortally wounded in the battle.

5. He was a big drinker.

He argued with his friend and general Cleitus the Black in one drunken incident and killed him by throwing a javelin into his chest. There are some theories that alcoholism contributed to his early death.

6. The cause of his death remains a mystery.

He died aged just 32. Alcoholism, wounds, grief, a natural ailment, and assassination all circle as theories of how Alexander the Great died. 

7. His empire collapsed into a civil war after his death.

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Eventually, Alexander’s empire became essentially divided into three parts: the Seleucids in Asia, the Antigonids in Macedonia, and the Ptolemies in Egypt.

8. Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of his tomb.

The mystery now surrounds what happened to Alexander’s tomb – some even believing it is no longer in Alexandria.

9. Alexander the Great had Heterochromia iridum.

Which meant one of his eyes was blue and the other was brown.

10. Alexander the Great, Napoleon, Mussolini, and Hitler, all suffered from ailurophobia.

Ailurophobia is the fear of cats.

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