Is Alexander The Great A Villain?

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“A tomb now suffices him for whom the whole world was not sufficient.” -Alexander the Great. When people think of villains they think of some of these people: Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Osama Bin Laden, etc. But there is one name that never seems to show up, that name is Alexander the Great. In that quote, Alexander is referring to many people. People that were brutally murdered in the war that he started. Alexander the Great is a villain because he killed hundreds of thousands of people, including some of his own family, Conquered most of Europe and Asia, and destroyed cultures.
Alexander the Great is a villain because he killed hundreds of thousands of people, including his own family and friends. While many people get mad at their family
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While people may think that heroes have some bad things in their past, no hero has ever done what he did. According to A Hero’s Hero, “Here was a man, who walked in flesh and blood, a man who went on to conquer the whole world before he was thirty-two.”(1). A hero's job is to protect the world, and Alexander’s job was the opposite. He conquered the world, he didn’t protect it. Even more so is just how much he conquered, and what he had to do to conquer it. According to Alexander the Great, “A great conqueror, in 13 short years he amassed the largest empire in the entire ancient world — an empire that covered 3,000 miles.”(1). When a person conquers over 3,000 miles of land, one really cannot say that they are still a hero. Just think of what he had to do to get that much land… genocide. He had to inflict mass genocide amongst Asia. The blood that was spilled while the land was being taken over was ridiculous. And when a person does all of this, it’s hard to say that he’s a…show more content…
According to the TCI Textbook’s section on Alexander the Great, “Fighting Persia would help unite Greece by giving them a common enemy,” (pg 315 Para 8). Even though people believe this, and that they are right in the fact that he united Greece, the way that he united his Country is not heroic in any way, shape, or form. He united Greece by giving them an enemy to kill. Hero’s will unite nations because of their leadership, and because of their ability to inspire. All that Alexander did to unite his people was conquer and kill. He wasn’t protecting anyone when he started attacking Persia, it was needless, as Persia had retreated during the Persian wars, they had admitted defeat, but Alexander didn’t care about that. And even though Greece loved him, there is no looking past how he made them love
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