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    William Scott Ferguson
General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1913 Original Publisher: Houghton Mifflin company Subjects: Imperialism Greece Cities and towns History / Ancient / General History / Ancient / Greece History / Europe / Greece Political Science / General Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: IV ALEXANDER THE GREAT AND WORLD MONARCHY Alexander The Great was born in 356 B. c. His mother, Olympias, was a half-civilized Molossian princess whose fresh beauty, revealed at a wild religious fe"te on mystic Samothrace, had caught the roving fancy of Philip of Macedon. Their union had the further attraction to Philip that it might bring Epirus under his suzerainty. Philip wished his wife to be his chief concubine rather than his consort. Olympias, a proud and passionate woman, chafed at her husband's marital infidelities, and had the will and courage to revolt and act for herself when Philip set her aside in 337 B. c. She cannot be acquitted of guilty knowledge of the murder of Philip which occurred a year later at the marriage arranged by him between her daughter and her brother. The act was timed to assure the accession of her son, who was its chief beneficiary. "My father," Alexander is reported to have said twelve years later to his mutinous Macedonian soldiers,1 "found you nomadic and poor. Clad in sheepskins, you tended your meagre herds on the mountains, and had to fight grievously for them against the Illyrians, Triballi, and Thracians on your borders. He gave you cloaks to wear in place of hides, he led you down from the hills into the plains, he made you the match in battle of the barbarians who dwelt near you: so that you depended for your safety thenceforth, not on the inaccessibil...  
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