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After the death of his Father King Philip, Alexander ordered the execution of the Lyncestian brothers as they threatened his right to the throne.
According to Arrian, he says Alex was spared because he had been the first to recognize Alexander as the new king of Macedonia back at the theatre the day of Philip's murder. There are two possible motives given for why the brothers would want Philip dead. The two motives were firstly, they wanted the throne for themselves, or secondly that they were part of a conspiracy to insure that someone with connections to Upper Macedonian ruled all of Macedonian.
Alexander had carried out a stated funeral for his Father. By holding a funeral for his Father, the Macedonians would think that he was a loyal son which shows that Alexander had thought hard about his public image.
This reveals an intelligent aspect of Alex's character, as this funeral publicly showed he was Philip's replacement. He also used the funeral to show the Macedonian nobility that he had the same principles and ideas as his Father to win their support.
Alexander reacted to Philip's death by claiming Philip's position as leader of Corinth. The league of Corinth was a political organization that Philip had set up in 338 BC to establish peace terms and his leadership over the Greeks. The main goals of this organization was to unite the Greeks under Macedonian leadership ( expect Sparta ) and to set up a combined army to invade Persia
After Philip's death, Alexander wanted to follow his Father's goal of invading Persia and so Alex took his Army into Greece and forced the Greeks to acknowledge him as a leader of the league of Corinth which meant Alex could control Greece and lead the invasion of Persia.
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