Philip and Olympias were the parents of Alexander of Macedon (Alexander the Great, later). His mother Olympias, just before her wedding to Philip was solemnized, dreamt that her womb was struck by thunder which resulted in a huge flame spreading everywhere.

Philip also dreamt that he was “sealing” his wife’s womb with a lion’s image. The biographer speculated that the dreams suggested that Alexander was the son of the Greek god Zeus. Whatever the reality was, Alexander certainly had heroic beginnings. His conquest of Persia is well-known. He marched all the way into the Indian subcontinent defeating King Porus (Purushottama). It seems that Olympias told Alexander about his divine origin. It was her ambition that made him conquer the whole world and bring it under his rule.

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