Alexander the Great Conquest

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Alexander the Great's Distribution of Culture Someone who has abilities above the normal or average person is considered great. In this case, were talking about Alexander the infamous Greek invader. Alexander the Great was a man of conquest and curiosity. By the age of twenty he had already conquered many of his local Grecian city states and had established himself as a leader. His desire to conquer and explore grew as he aged. As he travelled he took along with him the morals and customs of the place he was from. Alexander the Great spread Greek culture through conquest and the use of cultural manipulation. Much of Alexander's success in conquering the Persian Empire was due to his guile. In ancient times, imperialists couldn't…show more content…
His leadership skills and large military allowed him to usurp most of Asia and Persia. Cultures clashed and ideals mixed. Alexander forced his men to marry persian women in order to try to make things work. The somewhat aesthetic cultures of Persia and Asia were now amalgamated with the militaristic culture of Macedonia/Greece. As these two cultures were forced upon each other, Alexander left leaving behind some of his men who "did no wish to go with him." These men "settled there and took local women." (Document F.) A new culture arose from what Alexander left behind. His conquest forced cultures to collide, and before things even began to happen, Alexander left. After Alexander ravaged through Persia and North Africa, something was left behind. After he tricked cultures into thinking he was their leader, and attracting the Persians with his strict but ordered principles, something was left behind. Through conquest and curiosity Alexander the Great spread his ideas and customs, and what he left behind was a multitude of coexisting cultures. Conquest forced some of the cultures cultures to coalesce while deceit allowed others to mix. Alexander the Great brought new Grecian ideas to Persia and left behind a medley of Persian and Greek world views in his
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