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  • After the death of his father, Alexander ordered for the execution of the 3 Lyncestian brothers, as they threatened his right to the throne. however, one brother, Alexander wasn't killed because he was the first to acknowledge Alexander as the new king (according to Arrian) or because he was Antipater's son in law (according to Curtius Rufus)
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  • Alexander also ordered for the execution of Amyntas (his second cousin) and Attalus, one of Philip's generals, who supported Cleopatra, and supported her full macedonian baby who threatened Alexander's accession of the throne as he was a more 'legitiamate heir' - Cleopatra and her baby were killed at the request of Olympias (Alexander's mother)
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  • Alexander also held a state funeral for his father, to make the macedonians think he was a loyal son who had the same principles and ideas as his father. He said to the macedonian nobles "the king was changed only in name and that the state would be run on principles no less effective than those of this father's administration" (diodorus)
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  • By organising the public funeral, Alexander publically showed that he was Philip's replacement, which reveals that he was a good political strategist as he was able to gain support of the macedonian nobility (aristocrats), and also revealed an aspect of tactical intelligence within Alexander's character.
  • Alexander then went on to claim Philip's position as leader of the League of Corinth, a political organisation founded by Philip in 338 b.c. to establish peace terms + his leadership over the greeks. The main goal of the League of Corinth was to unite greeks (except sparta) under macedonian ruling, and to establish a combined greek army to invade Persia.
  • Alexander took his army to greece + forced the citizens to acknowledge him as the leader of the League of Corinth, then led the invasion of Persia. however - "the young king would not abandon greece" (j.r hamilton). When Alexander took his army south, greeks gave him "even greater honours than his father Philip before him" (Arrian)
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