As a young boy Alexander was described as polite, intelligent, and brave. Aristotle tutored him at Temple of the Nymphs at Meiza until the age of sixteen. Aristotle’s text book was the Homeric poem “The Iliad,” which the young Macedonian had memorized. Everyone seemed to notice that Alexander was bound for greatness; indeed the ambassadors spurned his title by stating that he was “great” while the king was only “rich.” The would be conqueror did not see his father all that often as he spent most of his time on the battlefield but Alexander demonstrated his boldness and cunning to his father by showing that his feisty new horse was actually tame. He observed that the animal was simply afraid of its new surroundings and even more so of its own shadow. Impressed by his actio...
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...ry from a long life of battles so Alexander ended his conquests and everyone was released from fighting and able to go home.
Ironically, even though Alexander was a strong man in the prime of his life and was undeniably respected and feared by many, he met an untimely death. He was struck down by an illness that was quite common in those days, now known as malaria or swamp fever, back then only known as yellow fever. There is no known cure for the fatal disease, and the King, not being divine as he believed was not an exception to the consequences. He passed away at the tender age of thirty-three after twelve days of suffering. His legacy lives on in the history books of the modern day. He is regarded as brilliant, courageous, and ambitious among other things. His name will endure and echo on in future history courses and like him or hate him, you must respect him.
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