A biography of alexander the great

The Persian satrap surrendered and the Macedonians were welcomed by the Egyptians as liberators for they had despised living under Persian rule for almost two centuries. The survivors of the 50, Greeks which Darius had on his side at the beginning of the war were also among the Persian ranks.

This discontent was now fanned by the arrival of 30, native youths who had received a Macedonian military training and by the introduction of Asian peoples from BactriaSogdianaArachosiaand other parts of the empire into the Companion cavalry ; whether Asians had previously served with the Companions is uncertain, but if so they must have formed separate squadrons.

He began dressing like a Persian and adopted the practice of proskynesis, a Persian court custom that involved bowing down and kissing the hand of others, depending on their rank. Greece remained under Macedonian rule. Evidence from phonology indicates that the ancient Macedonian language was distinct from ancient Greek and closer to the Thracian and Illyrian languages.

Four months later, the Macedonians burned the royal palace in Persepolis, completing the end of the ancient Persian Empire.

Asia will be won by the Macedonian spear! In addition, he legitimized previous so-called marriages between soldiers and native women and gave them rich wedding gifts, no doubt to encourage such unions. Alexander Enters India In B. Olympias had Cleopatra Eurydice and Europa, her daughter by Philip, burned alive.

Believing that Greece would remain calm, Alexander returned to Macedonia, marched east into Thrace, and campaigned as far as the Danube river. He wished to be acknowledged absolutely as our superior not just in body or in mind but in the very essence of his character.

He forced his way into Greece despite the roads leading to the country being blocked by the Thessalians. Callisthenes was soon executed on a charge of conspiracy, and we can only imagine how Aristotle received the news of his death.

Philip was then named Hegemon often translated as "Supreme Commander" of this league known by modern scholars as the League of Corinthand announced his plans to attack the Persian Empire. He was the King who ruled over more land than any other ruler in the world.

Alexander the Great Biography

He moved swiftly using his military genius to win battle after battle conquering many peoples and rapidly expanding the Greek empire. He tamed a wild horse named Bucephalus when he was a kid. He introduced a coinage, a legal system, a form of philosophy and a style of art that transformed culture across Asia.

Alexander then marched for three days to the Danubeencountering the Getae tribe on the opposite shore. Parmenio was a veteran, proven solder of Philip's guard, a men who played a major part in leading the Macedonian armies and rising the country to a world power.

It is possible that it exacerbated an existing condition. Alexander the Great and the Macedonian cavalry crossing river Granicus Artwork by Peter Connolly The Macedonians defeated the Persians and put them to flight and although the Greeks held their ground and fiercely fought, the battle ended in Macedonian victory.

Four months later, the Macedonians burned the royal palace in Persepolis, completing the end of the ancient Persian Empire. There is a claim that Pausanias was driven into committing the murder because he was denied justice by the king when he sought his support in punishing the Cleopatra's uncle Attalus for earlier mistreatment.

Alexander the Great

Callisthenes was soon executed on a charge of conspiracy, and we can only imagine how Aristotle received the news of his death. Alexander treated them with the respect out of consideration for their royalty. The Theban resistance was ineffective, and Alexander razed the city and divided its territory between the other Boeotian cities.

At this point Alexander benefitted from the sudden death of Memnonthe competent Greek commander of the Persian fleet. Alexander sent his body for burial with due honours in the royal tombs at Persepolis. Battle of Issus In B. At the age of twelve, he tamed the beautiful and spirited Bucephalus "ox-head" in Greeka horse that no one else could ride.

They would subdue all races on Earth. In autumn Hephaestion died in Ecbatanaand Alexander indulged in extravagant mourning for his closest friend; he was given a royal funeral in Babylon with a pyre costing 10, talents. The end of Thebes cowed Athens, leaving all of Greece temporarily at peace.

Antipater and Craterus jointly marched into Greece, defeated the Greek army at Crannon in Thessaly and brought the war to an end.Feb 22,  · Watch video · In Babylon, Alexander the Great suffers a mysterious illness causing his death just a few days shy of his thirty-third birthday.

Alexander III of Macedon (Greek: Αλέξανδρος Γ΄ ὁ Μακεδών; 20/21 July BC – 10/11 June BC), commonly known as Alexander the Great (Ancient Greek: Ἀλέξανδρος ὁ Μέγας, translit.

Watch video · Alexander the Great served as king of Macedonia from to B.C. During his time of leadership, he united Greece, reestablished the Corinthian League and conquered the Persian Empire. Nov 09,  · Watch video · Alexander the Great was an ancient Macedonian ruler and one of history’s greatest military minds who—as King of Macedonia and Persia—established the largest empire the ancient world had ever.

There are numerous surviving ancient Greek and Latin sources on Alexander the Great, king of Macedon, as well as some oriental texts. The five main surviving accounts are by Arrian, Plutarch, Diodorus, Curtius and Justin.

In the first authoritative biography of Alexander the Great written for a general audience in a generation, classicist and historian Philip Freeman tells the remarkable life of the great conqueror.

Historiography of Alexander the Great

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