Perhaps the most famous coach-client relationship in history has been that of the philosopher Aristotle with Alexander the Great – King of Macedonia, and conqueror of the Persian Empire, one of the greatest military geniuses that has ever lived. When Alexander the Great was 13 years old, his father Philip II, King of Macedon, decided that his son needed a tutor. Aristotle was appointed as the head of the Royal Academy of Macedon. The temple where the academy was based was turned into a kind of boarding school for Alexander and the children of Macedonian nobles. Many of his fellow pupils would become Alexander’s friends and future generals, including two future kings, Ptolemy and Cassander, and are often referred to as the “Companions.”
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