Modern Historians about Macedonia – Jacob Abbott

 

Alexander the Great by Jacob Abbott

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Now Alexander was born the heir to the throne of one of the Grecian kingdoms. He possessed, in a very remarkable degree, the energy, and enterprise, and military skill so characteristic of the Greeks and Romans.

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The name of Alexander’s father was Philip. The kingdom over which he reigned was called Macedon. Macedon was in the northern part of Greece.

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Although he was a prince, he was not brought up in habits of luxury and effeminacy. This would have been contrary to all the ideas which were entertained by the Greeks in those days

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Philip, incensed at such an interruption of the order and harmony of the wedding feast, drew his sword and rushed toward Alexander, but by some accident he stumbled and fell upon the floor. Alexander looked upon his fallen father with contempt and scorn, and exclaimed, “What a fine hero the states of Greece have to lead their armies—a man that can not get across the floor without tumbling down.” He then turned away and left the palace

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Philip wished to make this wedding not merely the means of confirming his reconciliation with his former wife and son, and establishing friendly relations with the King of Epirus: he also prized it as an occasion for paying marked and honorable attention to the princes and great generals of the other states of Greece.

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As Philip had been made commander-in-chief of the Grecian armies which were about to undertake the conquest of Asia, and as, of course, his influence and power in [38] all that related to that vast enterprise would be paramount and supreme

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