Thebes presented a greater obstacle, as it was naturally averse to Macedonian rule. Alexander, however, offered such appealing terms as could not be refused–he simply asked to be recognized as Hegemon of the Hellenic League. Athens could not, at this point, hold out alone; soon its leaders were apologizing for the delay in acknowledging Alexander as king. Attalus himself gave in and tried to switch allegiances, but his efforts were futile, as Alexander's hatred was personal as well as political. When Attalus's life was the one point of dispute between Alexander and Parmenion–Attalus was Parmenion's son-in-law–Alexander remained firm, and he eventually got his way. With Parmenion's support, Alexander was able to reclaim–all without a battle, and in a short time–the status that his father had worked so hard to achieve. His housecleaning and consolidation of power taken care of, Alexander soon turned his
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