King Philip II of Macedonia built a powerful army and used it to bring all of Greece under his rule. After his assassination in 336 BC Philip’s 20-year-old son Alexander inherited the throne. Marching east from Greece, Alexander and his 47000 men encountered Persians for the first time along the banks of the Granicus River near the site of Troy in 334BC. The battle of Granicus was the first major victory over the Persians and the first meeting ground between Alexander the Great and the Persian King, Darius III. (Fritz, M, Unknown). Alexander the Great fought the battle of Issus soon after the battle at Granicus. Although Alexander was greatly outnumbered by Darius...
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...tes honour during this battle when he waited for daylight before beginning the attack. Alexander and his troops were outnumbered and disadvantaged, yet he was still victorious. If Alexander had not shown integrity, his army would not have respected and followed him as a military leader.
Alexander, king of Macedon died in 323BC after spending his last thirteen years conquering much of the well-known world. He was suspected to have been weak from past wounds when he acquired a fever and died during the night whilst in Babylon. From this speech it has been determined that Alexander is deserving of the title ‘Great’ in his military command, but in regard to his statesmanship he is not worthy of it. He was a proficient strategist but his poor leadership skills affected his whole empire. Overall Alexander III of Macedon is partially deserving of his title as the ‘Great.’
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