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Alexanders Relationship with Macedonians
Alexander The Great of Macedonia lived 356-323BC.He was an respected by his Macedonians and he cared for them. Throught his life as king these attitudes continued some what.He did however become suspecious of their actions during his reign.The policy of fusion and other actions of Alexander were important factors of his disintagratingrelationship with the Macedonians
The Macedonians admired Alexander and thought of him as a leader we know this as it was their decision to appoint him as king.Alexander became king in 336BC and became the hegemon but also took on the system of being first among equels,this meant the people of Macedonia respected their king but were not subservant to him.They were able to speak freely and Alexander would in theroy ask their opinion about issues. Alexander throughout his life as king recognised his army of Macedonians.In the begining he would often hold celebrations after being successful. These celebrations involved games being held, they would have drama, games followed by meals and drinking.The Macedonians appriciated Alexanders gestures and thought of him as looking after them. At Halicarnassus Alexander ordered home those Macedonians who had married just before the start of the campaign.Arrian states that "no act of Alexanders ever made him better loved by his Macedonians."He knew that small gestures would go a long way to get loyalty and respect, showing his leadership. We see a mutual respect between Alexander and the Macedonians.
During the spring of 333BC in Tarsus Alexander developed a fever.His frriend Philip the Acarnian prepared medicine and brought it to Alexander.He was warned not to take the medicine as there had been rumours that the medicine had been poisoned.Alexander ignored this comments, took the medicine and was cured proving the great trust he placed in his macedonians.
The first change in the attitude of the Macedonians towards Alexander took place during 332 in Memphis.Alexander was officially welcomed...