Column of Macedon: I, along with all the readers of Column, am so glad you could spare some time to answer a few questions.
Alexander Philipson: Thank you.
CM: What was your childhood like?
A: Overall, it was great. I loved hunting, had an excellent teacher, and owned the best horse that ever lived at age 12.
CM: About Bucephalus, do you plan to continue riding him at the beginning of each battle?
A: Of course!
CM: Can you describe your parents? How did they influence you?
A: My father was inspirational. He was tough and challenged me, but I think it was his way of preparing me to fulfill his dream of a Macedonian empire. My mother was very attached to me and supportive. Sometimes her snakes escaped, and I would find them in my bed!
CM: From your experience, how would you advise parents to raise children?
A: With discipline, affection, and high goals. Encourage ambition and help your children to accomplish their dreams, even when it means being tough on them.
CM: Thank you so much for sharing your time and wisdom. May the gods grant you victory.
A: Thank you. It was a pleasure.
I wrote this fictional interview between a Macedonian newspaper and Alexander the Great for school, weaving in some of the facts of his life that I learned about in Alexander the Great by John Gunther. This biography is well-written, informative, and fun to read.