Alexander The Great : The Most Successful Conqueror

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Haden Stuart Professor Eric McLendon History 101 12 November 2014 Alexander the Great When people hear the word “conqueror” they may think of Genghis Khan, Napoleon, or maybe even Hitler, but when I hear the word, I always think of Alexander the Great. Alexander the great is arguably the most successful conqueror this world has ever seen. Now don’t get me wrong, there are many others that have been equally or maybe even more successful but there is just something about Alexander’s conquests that set him apart from others like him. Many think of him as just a warrior who fought nonstop but he did more than just fighting. During the 11 years of his almost non-stop campaigning in Asia (334-323), periods of rest and recreation were infrequent as he strove to achieve his ambitious aims, to the undoubted chagrin of his officers and troops; but one of his favorite means of relaxation was hunting (Cartledge). He was a genius in battle and also a genius in other subjects as well. He enjoyed danger and the thrill of the hunt. All and all he was a very interesting individual and was a remarkably smart strategist on the battlefield. Alexander was born in 356 B.C. in Pella, the Macedonian capitol. His parents were King Philip II of Macedonia and Olympias the princess of Epirus. According to tradition, Olympias ' ancestor was the mythical hero of the Iliad - Achilles, while his father, Philip II of Macedon, was said to descend from the Zeus ' son – Hercules (Popovic). Even before his
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