Alexander the Great was born in 356 B.C. He was the son on King Philip of Macedonia and his wife Olympia. He was tutored by the philosopher Aristotle. from whom Alexander developed a love for the works of Homer. When his father was assassinated, Alexander became king.
Alexander's first action as king was to destroy Thebes in response to their rebellion. This intimidated other city-states, and kept him in power. He then went on to conquer the Persian empire and to destroy their capital.