Why is Alexander the Great so great? Well let me tell you! Alexander’s father, Philip, hired Aristotle to be Alexander’s teacher. Aristotle, student of Plato, was offered a large payment to move to the town of Meiza, where he would teach Alexander geography, zoology, politics, and medicine between 343 BC and 340 BC. When Alexander grew older his father bought him an expensive horse named Bucephalus, but the frantic animal bucked any and all who attempted to ride him. Alexander, after watching the many attempts to mount the horse, noticed that it was afraid of its own shadow. He bet his father he could mount Bucephalus. Alexander turned the horse towards the sun so it’s shadow would be behind it, the boy mounted the horse and galloped around triumphantly. After this event his father said “My boy, you must find a kingdom big enough for your ambitions. Macedonia is too small for you.” Bucephalus remained Alexander’s faithful steed until it died in what is now Pakistan, fighting elephant mounted brigades.
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