After leaving his mother with her brother

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After leaving his mother with her brother, King Alexander of Epirus (to whom Philip had  given the throne after ousting Arrybas), Alexander went north to reside among the wild  tribes of Illyria. There he began stirring up agitation against his father, while his mother  tried to incite her brother to take revenge against Philip. While they were away, however, Philip's new wife, Cleopatra, became pregnant, which  made Alexander's hopes appear increasingly grim. When the child turned out to be a  girl, however, Philip had to reconsider his plans and brought Alexander back. Though  Olympias was not invited to return, Alexander did go back to Macedonia. The  relationship between father and son, however, remained full of suspicion. When Philip heard that Olympias had succeeded in convincing her brother to declare  war on Macedonia, he chose not to allow himself to get sidetracked with minor battles. 
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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