Essay about Alexander the Great

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Humanity has known a few distinguished consolidators of civilizations. Alexander the Great is one of them, and the first to accumulate power in his hand beyond any conqueror’s dream. His feats served as guidelines for other rulers like Cesar Augustus and Napoleon, who, by means of outstanding military prowess, conquered and ruled most of the civilized world of their times.

Alexander was born in 356 B.C., as the son of King Philip II and Olympias. He was taught by the great philosopher, Aristotle, inspiring him in the fields of, philosophy and medicine. Although he had a broader view of humanity than that of Aristotle’s perception, that all non-Greeks, should be treated as slaves. Alexander, after the death of his father, King
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This grand army consisted of 32,000 foot soldiers, and 5,000 calvary. His first confrontation with the Persian army, was at the Granicus River. The Persians were planning to lure Alexander across the river, but their line broke. The victory at Granicus allowed Alexander to take on western Asia Minor, while most civilizations waited for Alexander with open arms. Alexander went on to move south through Ionia and liberate the Greek cities from Persian rule. He then confirmed his position as the great liberator of civilized men.

Alexander had convinced himself of being divine and godlike, not to mention invincible. Alexander often compared himself to his hero and idol, Achilles. Throughout his life, he was faced events that proved to him that he was indeed favored by the gods. One example was his expedition to the city of Gordian. The city was named after a Macedonian named Gordius, whom supposedly had arrived in a wooden cart. In the wooden cart, was a knot the was extremely difficult to untie. The person who were to untie the knot was said to eventually become the ruler of all Asia. Results of studies done by Michael Wood indicated that Alexander drew his sword, and hacked the knot open to reveal the ends inside undone and the legend fulfilled (Wood 49). A thunder storm at Alexander's encampment that night confirmed that Zeus had approved.

In November of 333

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