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King Philip ruler of Macedonia and father of Alexander. When Philip became ruler he created a strong army. Philip united with Greek city-states under his rule to fight the Persian Empire. He trained an army to fight like the Greeks. At the time, the Greeks city-states were very weak. King Philip took control over city-states. He defeated some city-states in battle and then bribed them to surrender. After that, more city-states agreed to join Macedonia.
Philip wanted to lead the Greeks and Macedonians to war against the Persian Empire. Before Philip could attack he was killed. After that, his son Alexander became king. Alexander was only 20 when he became ruler of Greece and Macedonia. But Philip prepared a job for Alexander before he became king. When Alexander was at the age of 16 he became commander of the Macedonian army. After his father death, he wanted his father’s dream to come true. Alexander was going to attack Persian Empire.
Alexander led 40,000 Macedonian and Greek soldiers into Asia Minor. Their aim was to defeat the Persians. They fought the battle at Granicus, in what is today northwestern Turkey. Alexander the soldiers defeated the Persian forces. Alexander continued to walk across Asia Minor. Alexander freed Greek city-states that were under Persians control. Alexander fought another war against Persians at Issus, in Syria. Once again, they defeated them in a victory. Alexander and his army fought many more wars, built new cities, and conquered many more countries.
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