Many might remember Alexander the Great, who by age 30 in 326 B.C. had been both tutored by Aristotle and commanded one of the largest empires in the world, but you might have overlooked his powerful and, some say, vindictive mama, Olympias.
After being dumped by husband King Philip II of Macedon for another wife, the snake-loving lady exiled herself and then ordered Philip's new wife and child to be killed.
No wonder Angelina Jolie wanted to play her in Oliver Stone's film.
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