Alexander the Great, son of Philip II of Macedon is one of history’s most controversial figures in relation to his character and methodology. His legacy is a subject still discussed and assessed by many scholars, as it is one that has left its mark on the Ancient World and its stigma, positive or negative, is still felt today around the world. However, there is no controversy that Alexander was an individual with a plethora of abilities and traits that understood and assessed situations, and his risky, yet mostly calculated actions helped him establish his title of being considered “Great”. His legacy and “greatness” undoubtedly extend from his mighty military campaigns and his his glorification during and after his death, as well as his potential administration ideals, and his being the catalyst for the foundation of the Hellenistic era.
For centuries, Alexander the Great has held an eminent place in history. Arguably one of the greatest men the world has ever known, the Macedonian King accomplished many great feats in his short, but glorious life. During his reign, Alexander played several roles in the process of conquering the Persian empire, and in the assessment of his character, aspects of Alexander's capabilities of both strengths and weaknesses must be explored in him as a person, a statesman and a leader.
Alexander III of Macedon, more commonly known as Alexander the Great, is one of the most legendary figures in our history and in the history of the world. His conquests and endeavors echoed far and wide, bringing about new eras and ideas to the world. Alexander earned his place in the world’s history and is worthy of the title ‘The Great’ because of his military prowess, his idealism and his legacy.
The increase in mosaics in churches in Late Antiquity and the Byzantine Era was largely due to the influence of the Roman Emperor Constantine (ruled from 306 to 337 AD). During his rule as emperor, Christianity became the major religion and there was a push for more buildings to house the followers of Christ. Along with the new buildings there was a need to decorate these places of worship accordingly and express the religion in a grandiose sort of way. Mosaics were generally the inexpensive and impressive answer that was used to convey the church’s message. Through mosaics, the people of the church could learn and be informed of the spiritual and cultural symbolism (Kleiner and Mamiya 313).
It was to a significant extent that Alexander earned his title ‘great’ because of how he ruled as a King and how he acted as an individual. Alexander inherited many traits from his father including his ability to make quick decisions, his logical perception, and his courage and leadership skills. Alexander was thought to be generous, have a deep affection for intimate friends and consideration for women. Though, sometimes, his violence went beyond what was necessary and
The greatest conquering king in the world; King of Macedonia and conqueror of Persia, Alexander the Great is considered to be one of the greatest military geniuses ever. With his amazing diplomatic skills and military genius, Alexander led Macedonia “to conquer most of the known world”. Though he only lived to a relatively young age of thirty-three, Alexander made use of his time from his first task as a leader stifling a rebellion to his last conquering the Persians and Indians. Alexander’s conquests created a whole new era of Greek inspired culture known as the Hellenistic Era. From his amazing prowess as a youth, to his conquests as an adult, and to his influence on the world after his death Alexander the Great left his mark on the world.
Alexander the Great is remembered as a conquering man who built one of the largest empires. Some describe him as a man with a vision of world harmony. Others see him as a blood thirsty man with a mental illness. One thing that cannot be argued is that he and his empire are fascinating studies. From his rise to power to his mysterious death is interesting, but even after he died the story is fascinating. Due to his death, his empire was divided and a long power-struggle began starting with his generals. Each account has its own story of war and betrayal. These days must have been hard for those in power; they never knew who they could trust. Only the ones who were skilled in the strategy of war and ruthless enough to maintain their power
Many people fail to realize that Alexander has had a definite affect on us today, although not as great as he would have had on people of the past. In most parts the world today, Alexander The Great is considered a legend; however, in some places, Alexander is considered a god. One of the most notable people in history, Alexander has reached an iconic status in our world today. He possibly may have even been referred to in the Quran (Surah 18:89-98). There are still many stories told about him including folktales, and movies. In modern Iran, Alexander is still known as an evil king who nearly destroyed the ancient Persian culture and religion. Although the effect of “Alexander Mania” has died down since the time of his reign, you can still see the mark that he has left on today’s world.
Alexander III of Macedon is well known as Alexander the Great throughout the world. According to the standards and beliefs of the ancient historians, numerous elements contribute to recognize him as the “great.” Michael Wood’s Alexander the Great, encompasses narratives by Alexander’s biographers: Arrian, Plutarch, and Quintus Curtis Rufus. Arrian’s The Campaigns of Alexander, Plutarch’s Alexander, and Quintus Curtius Rufus’ The History of Alexander reveal brilliant episodes of the third century history and tale of adventures, defeats, and establishments by Alexander. Throughout the reading, some of the components that structure
Only a small number of people in the world have ever earned the title, "Great". Alexander III of Macedonia is one of lucky few. Alexander the Great started his reign in Macedonia at the age of twenty after his father was assassinated. He then proceeded to expand his kingdom to the largest in the world. So, just how great was he? Alexander the Great was an undeniably brilliant military strategist, yet you could still argue that he doesn't deserve his title because of his cruel treatment of his conquered people and massive ego. This paper will cover his greatness, not-so-greatness, and why he can be a little bit of both.
Alexander the Great was the Macedonian king whose conquests of the Persian Empire and Egypt created a new Hellenistic world (Cole, Symes, Coffin, Stacey, 2012, p. A18). After Phillip the II was assassinated during a festival at Pella. The kingship now fell to Alexander. Among the Greeks, he would be known as Alex ander, the Sacker of Cities. To the Romans, he was Alexander the Great. (Cole, Symes, Coffin, Stacey, 2012, p. 89). There were accomplishments many of this leader. By the time of Alexander’s early death at the age of 32, a monumental legend had already built up around him.
• Alexander (king and son of Philip, a.k.a. Alexander the Great) defeated the Persian King Darius Ⅲ.
Occasionally history shows that the world does not have many people that could be entered in the history. And Alexander the Great was one of these people. During his childhood Alexander had great teachers who taught him how to use and how to choose great politics, diplomacy and, how to win the war if that day would come. For many years Alexander the Great studied how to control everything and how to be ready to do anything that might be needed. At the age of sixteen he had to become a king of big kingdom, because his father, Philip, was in the war with Byzantium. Many people believed in Alexander because they knew that he was different from other children in his age, he did not care about bodily pleasures or anything like that, however, he had infinitely ambition which created him a good leader. Alexander strengthened his position in the power, he tamed people that were trying to make a revolution to take power in their hands. To get support from wealthy and other people in Alexander’s kingdom, he canceled taxes, and killed other people that might claim for the king’s position. Alexander was a great leader, and had plans to enter the war not only with some kingdoms, but to capture and control all kingdoms and all lands, to have the great power without a trace.
At Arbela, Alexander encountered the Persians, this was the Battle of Gaugamela. At the end, the Persian army fell, and into the Kurdish mountains Alexander followed Darius. As they pursued Darius they found Babylonia, Alexander then decided to desert the chase. He probed the all the riches of the land Darius ditched. Later, Alexander defeated the superb palace of Susa and took their riches. Next, he departed to the capital of the Persian Empire, Persepolis. Alexander believed Persepolis was their worst enemy among the cities of Asia. Also, they were the wealthiest city. Alexander sacked and burned the city to stop its uprising, and as a consequence for the demolition of Athens. Then he went to Darius's last capital, Ecbatana, where he left the Macedonian general in command of the seized valuables. Alexander set out in search for Darius. Darius and his eastern satraps have ran off past the Caspian Gates. The satraps had assassinated Darius when Alexander got to them, he demanded a royal funeral. As Darius's inheritor and avenger, Alexander according to Persian principles, maltreated them. He became the Persian king, started to dress in Persian royal clothing and embraced the Persian court ceremonials. Like anywhere else, he placed officials in his management. But, he retained his place of the head of the Corinthian League with regard to the Greek ambassadors. Alexander professed that he was the King of Asia and
He saw multiple omens of victory including an eagle flying over Darius. Alexander set his cavalry on the right. In the middle was his Macedonian soldiers and archers on the sides of the Macedonians. A different tactic he did was put his troops in the sides at an angle so he couldn’t be flanked. As the battle began Alexanders forces moved right and Darius’ forces moved left but Alexanders move was a trick. Alexander then moved to challenge Darius on the right while some of Darius’ chariots moved to attack the Macedonians. This maneuver failed because the Macedonians just opened up and let then through. Soon after this Darius realized there was no hope. As he fled the rest of his army followed and the battle was won by