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21 Interesting Facts About Alexander The Great you must know!

History is defined by heroes, their acts which catapult them to fame make textbook material. Their lives are however marked by many normal events much like those any of us experience but somehow play a pivotal role in their future. Outlined here are some facts from the life of Alexander III/Sikandar, one of history’s successful commanders Alexander III, commonly known as Alexander the Great was the King of the ancient Greek Kingdom of Macedon who succeeded his father Philip II.

Some facts  about Alexander

1) Alexander was born on July 20,356 BC in Pella, Macedonia.

21 Interesting Facts About Alexander The Great you must know!

2) Alexander was known to have suffered from Heterochromia Iridium, having had one blue eye and one brown.

21 Interesting Facts About Alexander The Great you must know!

3) The temple of Artemis which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World was burnt down the day Alexander was born.

21 Interesting Facts About Alexander The Great you must know!

4) Alexander was tutored by Aristotle from the age of 13 for about 3 years.

21 Interesting Facts About Alexander The Great you must know!

5) Aristotle’s gift to Alexander, Homer’s Iliad, was by far his favorite book, one which he read often. The Odyssey was another cherished book.

21 Interesting Facts About Alexander The Great you must know!

6) Alexander’s biggest idol was Hercules. He had such deep-rooted admiration for him that he often called himself to be a descendant of      Hercules on his father’s side.

21 Interesting Facts About Alexander The Great you must know!

7) Alexander washed his hair daily with saffron to keep it orange and shining. Saffron at that point of time was rare and slightly more expensive than gold.

21 Interesting Facts About Alexander The Great you must know!

8) It was reported that an agreeable odor emanated from Alexander’s skin and that his breath and body was so fragrant such that it even perfumed the clothes he wore

21 Interesting Facts About Alexander The Great you must know!

9) Ever wondered what Alexander had in common with Genghis Khan and Napolean? It was ailurophobia, the fear of cats

21 Interesting Facts About Alexander The Great you must know!

10) Alexander was married 3 times, to Roxanna, princesses, Stateira II, and Parysatis II, the last 2 being for political reasons.

21 Interesting Facts About Alexander The Great you must know!

11) It is believed that Alexander had 2 children, Herakles, a son with his mistress Barsine and Alexander IV, his son by Roxanna. Unfortunately after his death, both his children were murdered before they could reach adulthood.

21 Interesting Facts About Alexander The Great you must know!

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