Philip and Olympias were far from a happy couple

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Philip and Olympias were far from a happy couple. Philip went on to marry three more  women, and he is said to have fathered several children by still other partners, while  also enjoying the company of young boys–none of which was particularly unusual in his  time. These exploits may have wounded Olympias's vanity, but they did not hold back  her ambition. From the beginning she showed a forceful personality, though not even  eighteen at the time of their marriage. Olympias was devoted to the orgiastic rites of  Dionysus, and her eccentricity did not make her easier to get along with. This disruptive family environment would have significant consequences for Alexander's  development, though the extent of the troubles between mother and father is disputed.  The mutual dislike of his parents was complicated by his father's absence–away on  campaigns–during most of his earliest years. Alexander's mother, therefore, was responsible for guiding his formative years. Her first 
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