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While they were away

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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.  Instead, he used diplomacy and offered the King of Epirus the hand of Cleopatra, the  daughter of Philip and Olympias and therefore the King's niece. Perhaps reluctant to  follow through with an attack, the King of Epirus accepted the offer, leaving Olympias  was thwarted for the time being. The tense domestic situation in Macedonia gave rise to another conflict between father 
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