Why Alexander the Great Was Great.

1002 WordsApr 25, 20115 Pages
It is quite common to go through life following the demands of society and refusing to be unique, allowing it to shape and characterise the lives within the society. In fact, society is even apt of delineating the lives amongst it. However Alexander III, King of Macedon, Pharaoh of Egypt, Supreme Commander in Chief of all Greeks and Emperor of Persia, was not a follower. He was the person leading society; the moulder, the shaper. Through his instantaneous reaction and actuation, he was able to make to important decisions, and it was evident that Alexander was a large influence on his people through the observations of his unconditional courage and bravery. The vicissitude he bequeathed to military tactics made it perceptible that he was…show more content…
Stories of a celestial birth or omens of potential triumph had impacts on Alexander’s behaviour in both negative and positive aspects. Due to the fact that Alexander was so great, he charged head first into many battles and won almost all of them. However, he forced his army into those battles, knowing that many would not come out alive. He risked so many lives for his own greater benefit because he thought he was so great and he thought that he was invincible. Despite this, he showed gratitude towards his men, paying off their debts as a gesture of thanks. Also, without the royal propaganda told to him, he may have never believed in himself as much as he did, he wouldn’t have conquered so much, he wouldn’t have been great. Therefore the royal propaganda benefited him more than it did weigh him down. Because of what he had achieved, what he had conquered, it was hard for many to believe that Alexander died in a drunken state. Despite the mistakes he made; neglecting his men’s wishes, executing anyone who disobeyed him, putting others at risk because of royal propaganda, Alexander had achieved so much which is why he is great. He founded seventy cities, and twenty-five are still substantiated which shows what a legend he was. He adapted his battle plans according to the environment he was in and the enemies he was facing showing that he learnt well and skilfully used his teacher’s, Aristotle, advice. Greatness is not a virtue that is obtained by everyone. It is
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