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Alexander the Great: Who Was Alexander the Great And His Legacy From Beginning To End

Alexander the Great: Who Was Alexander the Great And His Legacy From Beginning To End

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Alexander the Great: Who Was Alexander the Great And His Legacy From Beginning To End

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Jul 27, 2018


Everything we know about Alexander comes from ancient sources, which agree unanimously that he was extraordinary and greater than everyday mortals.

The son of the great King Philip II of Macedonia, Alexander was educated by Aristotle and commanded a wing of his father's army in the victory over the Thebans and Athenians at the Battle of Chaeronea—all when he was still just a teenager. By the time of his death at age 32, he had amassed an empire that stretched from the Adriatic Sea to the Indus River and included all of Persia and most of Egypt.

His victories won him many supporters, but they also earned him enemies. This easy-to-read biography offers a fascinating look at the life of Alexander and the world he lived in.

Alexander's influence on cultural and political history and the scope of his military prowess remains awe-inspiring to this day.

Jul 27, 2018

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Boy Prince

Chapter 2: Alexander Takes the Throne

Chapter 3: The Real War Begins

Chapter 4: The Battle at Tyre

Chapter 5: Gaugamela and King of Asia

Chapter 6: Aftermath Of Persian Conquest

Chapter 7: Where No European Had Conquered Before

Chapter 8: Death

Chapter 10: Your Free Gift

Chapter 1: The Boy Prince

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"Without Knowledge, Skill cannot be focused.  

Without Skill, Strength cannot be brought to bear  

and without Strength, Knowledge may not be applied."

- Alexander the Great

Alexander was born in July of 356 B.C. in the ancient city of Pella, then the capital of Macedonia. On perhaps the same day, the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, which was later included as one of the amazing seven wonders of the ancient world, burned to the ground. A lot more legends arose from this event. It was said that the temple burned because Artemis was not keeping watch. She was far away attending the birth of Alexander. It was also later told that the soothsayers of the ancient temple ran in panic through the town crying that this day had brought forth something that would prove fatal & even destructive to all Asia.[4] However, other historians & authors noted that the temple had burned down multiple times in the past. The blaze was set by nothing more than a man seeking fame.

The news of Alexander’s birth reached Philip shortly after he had conquered the ancient city of Potidaea. At the same time, he also learned his general Parmenio had achieved a great victory over the Illyrians & even his racehorse had won at the Olympic Games. This occurrence is said to be why Olympias chose that name. Philip took these three events as a very good omen. The mystic soothsayers claimed that a son born with those successes was likely to be invincible throughout his life

Little was written specifically about Alexander’s youth, but he would likely have had a childhood like that of a young prince. His mother had the status to be able to give the duties of child raising to another woman of a noble family, a woman named Lanice. Despite this, Olympias is said to have spent much time with her son (Alexander), being devoted to his well-being & to his ultimate success. Philip was often campaigning in Alexander’s early years. Therefore, the young boy knew much more of his mother than his father, which likely contributed to their eventual strife.

Alexander also received tutoring in many ancient disciplines. One of his favorites was a relative of Olympias named Leonidas, who instructed Alexander in combat with swords & bows and in horsemanship. Leonidas pushed Alexander hard, but Alexander considered the old man as perhaps a foster father. Another tutor by the name of Lysimachus was highly esteemed. Plutarch claimed that it was not due to any skill in skill greater than Alexander’s other tutors, but due to the fact that he nicknamed Alexander ‘Achilles,’ called himself ‘Phoenix’ after the famous hero’s own tutor, & referred to Philip as ‘Peleus.’ Both the young prince & his father Philip seemed well pleased with this flattery. Being compared to great heroes did a lot to stoke their drive for fame & glorious deeds. 

Plutarch tells that Alexander was intelligent & even sincere-minded from a young age, and that in his love of glory, and the pursuit of it, he showed discipline & solidarity of high spirit and magnanimity far above his age. While still a child, he entertained ambassadors from the King of Persia who visited while Philip was away. The ambassadors came away greatly impressed, for rather than behave his age, he even questioned them about their trip, the length of the ways, the nature of the road into inner Asia, the character of their king, how he carried himself to his enemies, and what amount forces he was able to bring into the field.[5]

The tales of Alexander’s exploits show that he also possessed remarkable courage & boldness even as a youth. Though the stories

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