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Alexander The Great: Historical Essay: Alexander The Great?

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Alexander the Great: Historical Essay
Socials Studies 9-Walters
Megan Ingram

Alexander III of Macedon, commonly referred to as Alexander the Great was an accomplished military commander and king of the Greek kingdom of Macedon. He is regarded as both one of the most tyrannical leaders and most heroic generals in history, single handedly changing much of the ancient world and thus earning himself a place amongst the most powerful dictators and revered historical figures of all time. Undefeated in battle, he created one of the largest empires to have ever existed, and as such, opinions on his morals and the motivation behind his conquests are divided, being either regarded as the hero or the villain based on perspective. This begs the question, which is more accurate?

Alexander was born in Pella, Kingdom of Macedon, Greece, of King Phillip II of Macedon and his fourth wife Olympias on July 20, 356 BC. Born to a family containing many noteworthy members of the militia, Alexander was very fittingly brought into existence on a day of military triumph for his people with news being received that a war against the Illyrian and Paeonian had been won. Due to this victory and the many other accomplishments throughout his life it was often speculated that he may, in reality, be the son of Zeus. Throughout his youth, Alexander was enthralled with military stratagem and demonstrated his adeptness at it through training with some of the finest tutors in the land. He showed immense courage and natural charisma and when he managed to tame an unbroken horse at the age of ten it prompted his father, Phillip II, to declare: “My boy, you must find a kingdom big enough for your ambitions. Macedon ...

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...rned his title 'The Great" due to his outstanding success a a military commander and his never losing a battle, despite being outnumbered on a regular basis. He used his stratagem wisely and was motivated by the duty and self-confidence instilled in him by his parents as a small child as well as the competitive side that was forged by his rocky relationship with his father. He himself believed he was a diety. Destined to conquer the world and with little interest in anything other than honour and glory. This in itself drove him to exhibit symptoms of paranoia and megalomania in the years leading up to his demise. His legacy continues on to this day and his actions still heavily influence us as they sped up the progression and expansion of the world and trade. His immense contributions to advancing our world are sure to keep his legacy running for many years to come
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