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"Hail King of Macedonia"
King Philip was murdered by Pausanias, the leader of the body guards, at the wedding of Alexander (of Epirus) and Cleopatra (daughter of Philip).
Alexander's first reaction to his father's death was to order the execution of the three Lyncestian brothers, Arrhabaeus, Hermonenes and Alexander. Alexander the Great was quick to charge the brothers as part of a conspiracy against him, as they threatened his right to the throne. The quick executions were done to cast suspicion away from Olympias and Alexander, who many were starting to question.
Alex spared the third brother, Alexander for two possible reasons. First, Arrian says that he was spared because he was first to recognise Alexander as the new King of Macedonia. But Curtius Rufus says it was because Alexander of Lyncestis was Antipater's son in law, and Alex didn't want to hurt or insult Antipater.
Alex's second reaction was to carry out a state funeral for his father. This meant that the Macedonians would think that he was a loyal son. This revealed an intelligent aspect of Alex's character as this funeral publicly showed he was Philip's replacement. This also shows that Alex thought hard about his public image.
Alex's third reaction was to claim the position as leader of the League of Corinth, the League was set up by Philip in 338 BC to establish peace terms and his leadership over the Greeks. The main goal of this was to unite the Greeks under Macedonian leadership (except Sparta) and to set up a combined army to invade Persia.
Alex wanted to follow his father's goal of invading Persia so he took his army into Greece and forced them to acknowledge him as the leader of the League of Corinth, even though his advisers told him not to worry about Greece. This meant Alex could control Greece and lead the invasion of Persia. This reaction of Alexander reveals that he was very amibitious and confident in his ability to rule Greece and lead a successful invasion into Persia.
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