1. In 15 years of conquest, Alexander The Great never lost a battle.
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  2. Alexander The Great succeeded his father, Philip II, to the throne of Macedonia at the age of 20.
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  3. Alexander the Great was tutored by Aristotle until the age of 16.
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  4. Alexander The Great began his reign by eliminating potential rivals to the throne, including his cousin, the former Amyntas IV, who was executed.
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  5. Alexander the Great was simultaneously the King of Macedonia, Pharaoh of Egypt, King of Persia, and King of Asia.
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  6. Julius Caesar, Mark Antony and Octavian, all made pilgrimages to Alexander the Great's tomb in Alexandria.
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  7. Alexander the Great founded 70 cities, naming at least 20 after himself and one after his horse.
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  8. Alexander the Great washed his hair in saffron to keep it shiny and orange.
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  9. Alexander The Great died in the palace of Nebuchadnezzar II, in Babylon, at age 32. He was a king for just 12 years.
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  10. A 1998 article in the New England Journal of Medicine attributed Alexander The Great's death to typhoid fever complicated by bowel perforation and ascending paralysis.
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  11. Alexander The Great's testament called for a transplant of populations from Asia and Europe to "bring the largest continent to common unity and to friendship by means of intermarriage and family ties."
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  12. Alexander the Great was not much admired in his lifetime, and was seen by many as a drunken tyrant.
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  13. Alexander The Great's body was laid in a gold anthropoid sarcophagus that was filled with honey, which was in turn placed in a gold casket.
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  14. After defeating the Persians, Alexander The Great started dressing like them and took two Persian wives.
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  15. Alexander the Great had heterochromia iridum: one of his eyes was blue and the other was brown.
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  16. Alexander earned the epithet "the Great" due to his unparalleled success as a military commander.
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  17. Alexander The Great may have been bisexual, which in his time was not controversial.
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  18. Alexander the Great married three times: Roxana, out of love; and the Persian princesses Stateira II and Parysatis II, for political reasons.
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  19. Alexander the Great once held a drinking contest among his soldiers. When it was over, 42 people had died from alcohol poisoning.
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  20. Alexander the Great, Napoleon, Mussolini and Hitler, all suffered from ailurophobia, the fear of cats.
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  21. Three of Fidel Castro's sons are named after Alexander the Great: Alexis, Alejandro, and Alexander.
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  22. Alexander the Great's army conquered the world while wearing armor made of linen that could stop any arrow made at the time.
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