Who was the mother of Alexander the Great?
Olympias was the daughter of Neoptolemus the king of Epirus, now modern Albania. According to Plutarch she was descended from Achilles. The only surviving picture of her is on a coin of the period and there is no doubt that she was a very beautiful woman. She was, however, ruthless and vindictive with an obsessive love for her son Alexander the Great.
In 359 B.C. Olympias married Philip II of Macedon and Alexander the Great was born in 356 B.C. The marriage was blighted by Philip II's philandering and by the jealous temper of Olympias. When Philip II married Cleopatra in 337, Olympias took Alexander to Epirus and did not return until after the assassination of Philip. Despite the close bond between Olympias and Alexander the Great, he was to leave her in 334 B.C when he was aged twenty-one and was never to see her again.
Alexander appointed Antipater as regent of Macedon during his absence. However, Olympias by her arrogance, ambition and ruthlessness soon made an enemy of Antipater. After the death Of Alexander his half brother Arrhidaeus and his son Alexander IV were proclaimed kings with Cassander, the son of Antipater, as regent. In 316 B.C. Cassander condemned Olympias to death and is said to have denied her the rites of burial.
His father drank a lot and did not consider Alexander to be a true son of his, as Alexander was born with a breathing problem. He showed little affection towards Alexander, but his mother loved him throughout his life, though he feared his mother to be the insane sorceress many believed she was. He was also raised by a mother of his friends as a nurse, and she taught him many of the values that…
Philip II ruined his relationship with his son, Alexander the Great, by rejecting Alexander's mother who was a Greek from Epirus and marrying another woman who was a Greek from Macedonia. Alexander, and especially his mother, felt that Alexander would no longer be in line to inherit the throne should Philip II die with an heir that was a full Macedonian Greek. There have been speculations that Alexander had killed his father but in light…
Alexander the Great was Greek. Macedonia was an ancient Greek kingdom in the northern Greek peninsula and is now a province of modern Greece. Epirus is still the north-west state in Greece. Alexander and his father were descendants of the Argead dynasty which originate from Argos in southern Greece while his mother descendant from the Molossians, the tribe of Achilles. Alexander significantly exposed the vast areas that he conquered to Greek civilization and influence.
Was Alexander the Great Albanian from his mothers side because Olympias was Epirote and the Epirotes were Illyrian?
Alexander's mother, Olympias was Molossian. The Molossi were a Greek tribe living in Epirus. Epirotes were Greek. Alexander the great was Greek by both parents. His father, Pihilip II, was Macedonian, that is Greek. Alexander's grand father, Alexander I, participated in the Olympics where at that time only Greeks could participate.