Shortly after Philip's murder, Alexander's longtime ally Antipater presented him to the Macedonian army, which immediately acclaimed Alexander king. The first matter Alexander attended to was the inevitable purging of enemies. This included potential claimants Amyntas and two sons of Aëropus (the third was spared because he was among the first to pay homage to Alexander, and also because he was the son-in-law of Antipater) who were known supporters of Amyntas. Many more murders would follow as necessity arose. Olympias showed her vengeful side in a gruesome murder of Caranus. However, while this killing was an order of Alexander, Olympias also murdered Caranus's sister and drove their mother, Cleopatra, to suicide. As Caranus's sister and mother posed no threat to the throne, Alexander was naturally furious at his mother, fearing the public scandal the murders might cause. With the purging underway, Alexander still had to win the support of the Macedonian
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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.