Alexander The Great: 15 Cool Facts (Part 1)

Alexander The Great was among the greatest of military commanders in the history of mankind. He was considered the King of Macedonia and managed to conquer the Persian empire and established many cities. Here are some lesser known facts about the historical figure.

Number Fifteen: He was Taught by Aristotle

Alexander’s famous father, Philip, hired Aristotle to educate his son when they boy was a mere 13 years old. It can be assumed that much of Alexander’s success later in life could be attributed to what he gleaned from the wise philosopher.

Number Fourteen: Alexander The Great was Undefeated for 15 Years

His battle tactics are still studied in the present day in a multitude of military academies. His first victory happened at the age of 18, and he continued on undefeated for over a decade.

Number Thirteen: He Named Cities After Himself

This great man was known for building up cities around previous military bases, which he usually ended up naming Alexandria. The most famous one exists today and is the second largest city in all of Egypt.

Number Twelve: Love at First Sight

It is little known that Alexander loved his wife Roxanne from the moment he first saw her. They were married very soon after meeting, and she gave birth to his first and only son, a few short months after he died.

Number Eleven: He Smelled Divine

There are reports, up to 400 years after the death of Alexander the Great, that talk of the man exuding “a most agreeable odor”. His breath, body, and clothes apparently were very fragrant, enough to be remembered hundreds of years later.

Number Ten: Borrowed Persian Style

It’s been said that after invading Persia, he began dressing like the Persians. Some think this is because he saw it as a good infiltration tactic, and others say that he simply enjoyed their clothing style.

Number Nine: His Cause of Death is a Mystery

We know for sure that he got very drunk on a wine soon before his death, but the exact cause of his dying is still unknown. Some people believe he was poisoned while others believe a deathly mosquito bite did him in. We may never know for sure. Hopefully, you enjoyed part one of our article and will return for part two, coming soon.