They were forced to accept him as their leader and subscribed soldiers to his army for the invasion of the East.
As the leader of the Greek race Alexander at last proceeded towards the East in the year 334 B.
Alexander was the son of Philip II and Olympias (daughter of King Neoptolemus of Epirus).
From age 13 to 16 he was taught by the Greek philosopher Aristotle, who inspired his interest in philosophy, medicine, and scientific investigation.
In his romantic dream, he hoped of becoming a hero like the mythical Achilles.
When Alexander was only 13, his father appointed the famous Greek philosopher Aristotle as the tutor of the young prince.
From his early youth, Alexander received a good military training and showed his genius as a born soldier.
When Philip was fighting his famous battle of Chaeronea to conquer Greece, the 18 year old Alexander assisted his father as the commander of the cavalry force and amazed the army by daring acts of heroism.
All houses of that place were raged to ground except the house of a poet named Pindar and a few places of worship.
As a demonstration of his anger, he slaughtered six thousand people of thebes. By such extreme cruelty, Alexander silenced the Greek city-states into submission.