25 Unusual Facts About Alexander The Great

There is a great possibility that you are familiar with at least some facts about Alexander the Great. After all, his mark on history is quite substantial. Alexander the Great is responsible for the birth of a whole historical period, widely known as the Hellenistic age. During his reign, the Greeks saw an unprecedented scale of unification and expansion, and his campaign remains one of the greatest—if not the greatest—ever orchestrated by a single ruler. During this time, Greek cultural influence and power was at its peak in Europe, Africa, and Asia; it underwent prosperity and progress in exploration, literature, theater, architecture, music, mathematics, philosophy, and science.

His settlement of Greek colonies and the resulting spread of Greek culture in the East lasted many centuries, aspects of which were still evident in the traditions of the Byzantine Empire in the mid-fifteenth century and the presence of Greek speakers in central and far eastern Anatolia until the 1920’s. Even more importantly, his undefeated status and his genius battlefield tactics became the measure against which military leaders compared themselves, while military academies throughout the world still teach his strategies. The following 25 unusual facts about Alexander the Great will make it perfectly clear why his legacy continues to live on and retains a strong hold on contemporary historians.

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Alexander III of Macedon, better known as Alexander the Great, was a king of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon and a member of the Argead dynasty, an ancient Greek royal house from Peloponnese.

Alexander the Great's coinsSource: Alexander the Great by Robin Lane Fox, Image: Wikipedia

His name comes from the Greek alexo, “defend,” and andr, “man,” thus his name means “protector of men.”

Alexander the GreatSource: dictionary.cambridge.org, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

Alexander’s father, Philip II of Macedon, hired Aristotle, one of history’s greatest philosophers alongside Socrates and Plato, to educate thirteen-year-old Alexander. He tutored Alexander for three years until age sixteen, when Alexander took the throne of Macedonia.

AristotleSource: Alexander the Great by Robin Lane Fox, Image: Wikipedia

Alexander’s mother, Olympias, was the daughter of Neoptolemus I, king of the Molossians, an ancient Greek tribe in Epirus. Angelina Jolie portrayed her successfully in Oliver Stone’s 2004 film Alexander.

Angelina JolieSource: Alexander the Great by Robin Lane Fox/ imdb.com, Image: Wikipedia

There is some controversy concerning Alexander the Great's sexuality. However, Alexander the Great had three wives: Roxane, Statiera, and Parysatis.

Alexander and RoxaneSource: Alexander the Great by Robin Lane Fox, Image: Wikipedia

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