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The Military Achievements and Personal Life Of Alexender The Great

This essay is about Alexander the Great. He is said to be one of the greatest military minds in history. This essay will describe his ascension in to the throne, his upbringing, his great military mastermind, his impact on the world, and his famous battles with Darius of Persia.

Phillip III was Alexander’s father he was the king of Macedonia until he was assassinated in 330 BC. He prepped Alexander very well to succeed him. Aristotle taught him his great military tactics. This is how he gained power of the Macedonia throne. Alexander tactics became very useful when he gained his throne. Alexander took over Egypt, where hieroglyphic inscriptions show that he probably presented himself as the successor to the Persian king as the land’s ruler rather than as an Egyptian pharaoh. On the coast, west of the Nile River Alexander founded a new city in 331 BC named Alexandria after himself, the first of the many cities he would later go on to establish as far east as Afghanistan. During his time in Egypt Alexander also paid a mysterious visit to the oracle of the god Ammon. The Greeks regarded Ammon as identical to Zeus. Alexander told no one the details of his consultation to the oracle, but the news got out that he had been informed he was the son of the god and that he joyfully accepted the designation as true.

Throughout his reign as king he never had had full control as long as his archrival Darius of Persia was around. Alexander had already considered himself king of Persia, but his right to the throne was in question as long as Darius was still alive and at large. So in the summer of 330 BC he marched north in pursuit of Darius. Alexander had almost caught up to him but Darius was slain by his own men, finally brought to rebellion by their long resentment of his mismanagement of the Persian defense. When Alexander came upon Darius’s body he ordered it to be sent back to Persepolis to be buried in the royal cemetery of the Achaemenid kings. Now, at last, Alexander was officially the great king of Persia.

So in conclusion his conquests impacted the world greatly. He had such a strong rule and had even created some nations that still stand today. The great General Patton once compared himself to Alexander the Great. This is just one example of the respect of his great military tactics.

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