Analysis Of Alexander IIi The Great King Of Macedonia And Conqueror Of The Persian Empire

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“Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won 't taste good.” ~Joe Paterno. Alexander III the Great, King of Macedonia and conqueror of the Persian Empire is considered to be one of the best military geniuses of all times. He was inspiration for conquerors to come such as Hannibal, Napoleon, and Pompey along side Caesar. Alexander was born in 356 BC in Pella, the ancient capital of Macedonia.1 Alexander’s childhood had a major impact on his later life and his military strive.

At a young age Alexander watched his father turn Macedonia into a mass military power. His father won many great battles all throughout the Balkans. When he was just twelve years old, he showed off his horse riding skills to his father and many others. He tamed a Bucephalus, a rowdy steed. Bucephalus was supposedly unable to be ridden, and all who had tried to tame it had their flesh “devoured”. When he was 13, his father Philip hired philosopher Aristotle to be his teacher. For three years Alexander learned about science, medicine, and philosophy. In 340 BC, when Alexander was only 16 years old, Phillip invaded Trace and left Alexander in charge of Macedonia. While he was in power a Thracian tribe posed a threat, and Alexander constructed an army and lead them against the rebels. Not only were the Thracian rebels defeated, but also Alexander captured their stronghold and named it Alexandropolis after himself.1 Once Alexander turned 18 his father made him one…
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