Alexander The Great, Son Of Philip II Of Macedon

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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.

In his short, yet astonishing career, Alexander managed to defeat the Persian empire, a superpower forty-two times the size of the united Greece he led. There is no controversy about Alexander’s military genius and Burn says ‘no soldier in history is more indisputably “great” than Alexander.” He started, of course, with the advantage of Philip 's army and he did have a number of reverses, such as the march through the Gedrosian Desert. His genius, however, is apparent in every aspect of warfare and in every military undertaking between those of the Granicus and Hydaspes River. He was able to modify and adapt his tactics to suit each…
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