Alexander III of Macedon, also known as Alexander the Great, inherited the volatile kingdom of Macedon after his father was assassinated. He quickly defeated his enemies at home before setting his sights on conquering the Persian Empire.
By the age of 25 Alexander was the leader of the Greeks, overlord of Asia Minor, Pharaoh of Egypt and then the 'great king' of Persia. Over the next eight years he would go on to create an empire that would stretch over three continents.
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