"It is a lovely thing to live with great courage and die leaving an everlasting fame."
Alexander The Great
Long before the birth of Christ, the land directly above what we know as Greece today,
was called Macedonia. Macedonia still exists, but it is now Bulgaria, Yugoslavia and
modern Greece. Macedonia was considered to be part of ancient Greece, but the people
of these two countries couldn't be more different. No people in history ever gave so much
to the human race as the ancient Greeks. They produced architectural monuments, four of
the greatest dramatic actors who ever lived, one of the most brilliant statesmen and two of
the greatest historians. Scientists, philosophers and artists all thrived in this country. The
political system we call democracy had its roots in this culture.
The Macedonians in comparison with their Greek neighbors were crude and fierce in
their outlook. They were a rough people. They never produced any artists, philosophers,
or great actors. But they produced Alexander The Great - a man with a legacy so
remarkable that it has challenged the minds of men ever since.
Alexander was born to conquer the world. His life was bold and from beginning to end, it
was etched with dramatic clarity. Every important event in his life brought him one step
closer to fulfilling his ambition. He was the first leaders, like Caesar and Napoleon, who
partly be accident and partly by design, set out to gather the whole world into their fists,
unify it, rule it and enlighten it.
But unlike the other great giants of history, Alexander was a shooting star whose blaze of
glory ended with his death, at not quite thirty-three years old.
Alexander was born in 356 BC to King Philip of Macedonia and his wife, Olympias. On
the day of Alexander's birth, Philip was away in battle. A courier brought Philip the
message of his son's birth, along with two other messages - Philip's horse had won first
prize in the Olympic Games and his army had just won a very important battle. With
three pieces of good news at once, Philip always thought his son's arrival into the world
came with an omen of good luck.
As Crown Prince of Macedonia and at that time, his father's only heir, Alexander was