Alexander The Great Of The Greatest Military Geniuses

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Alexander the Great “I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion” -Alexander III of Macedon, Born into a rich family, Alexander III of Macedon (Greek: Αλέξανδρος Γ ' ο Μακεδών) or more commonly known as Alexander the Great ( Greek: Ἀλέξανδρος ὁ Μέγας) was destined to be a king. Alexander the Great was also considered one of the greatest military geniuses in history. He was the inspiration for many great leaders and warriors in later generations of many different cultures. Hannibal Barca once ranked Alexander as the “greatest general in all of the world”. Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus, Napoléon Bonaparte, and Julius Caesar are just several of the many that were inspired. Even Julius Caesar once cried and wept when he saw a statue of Alexander because he had never achieved as much as Alexander at the same age. Alexander III of Macedon was born on July 356 BC in Pella Greece into the Argead Dynasty. Even before he was born, several people predicted that he would be very successful and would be “invincible” when he grew to be a young adult. Below is a translation from Plutarch’s original book about Alexander that was written in 75 A.C.E.: “It is agreed on by all hands, that on the father 's side, Alexander descended from Hercules by Caranus, and from Aeacus by Neoptolemus on the mother 's side. His father Philip, being in Samothrace, when he was quite young, fell in love there with Olympias, in company with whom he was
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