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Alexander The Great Reflection

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From my studies in this course throughout the fall semester, I have found myself to be very captivated and fascinated by the most influential and famous historical figures ever known to man with the exception of Jesus and Mohammed. I have chosen Alexander the Great, because I have great respect for his abundant accomplishments, and also because he signifies the strong side of mankind’s personality, bravery and heroism. Even though I have known and heard about alexander the Great before taking History 101, this course have helped me understand the real story and history behind his emergence in the world as the Great. In chapter four of Jackson SpielVogel’s 9th edition of Western Civilization, I have learned about “The Hellenistic World” and…show more content…
The young and determined Alexander liked to settle problems by immediate action. Making decisions with great speed, he took extraordinary risks; his success was achieved by the amount of absolute force and drives to overcome these risks. Alexander proved this as he showed in his siege of the fortress of Tyre, which lasted for about six months. The old harbor of Tyre had been abandoned for some time, and the Tyrians were now firmly enclosed behind massive walls on an island that was half a mile from the coast. Alexander made attempts to discuss an entrance into the city but they were halted by a display of force against his envoy by the Tyrians. Alexander was determined to run every danger and make every effort to save the Macedonian army from being held in contempt by a single undistinguished city. Then he constructed siege towers of 150 feet in height. Unfortunately the Tyrians responded to each and every effort with innovations of their own. At one point during the siege, his advisors gave him reason to abandon the assault. However, Alexander was not about to admit that he had not labored in vain, nor was he willing to leave Tyre behind as a monument of his failure. The siege was a fair success in his eyes considering the resources lost. Alexander was a man unable of shrugging his shoulders and walking away from an unsuccessful effort. If as a result of several…show more content…
Alexander was to go down in history as the "Father of the Hellenic World, "the unopposed leader of the "Greek World, and last but not least "The Great, a title given for his numerous victories. For thirteen years Alexander remained unbeaten in his campaigns in Persia, Egypt, and India. His battles against enemy forces were all foresight and his brilliant tactics were executed to achieve victory after victory. Alexander, driven by brilliance and his view of a Hellenistic world, seized every opportunity to go one step beyond his father. Those steps brought him a great empire that he governed fair and honorable. He treated his captures with both dignity and respect, which enabled him to maintain order for so long. He brought with him the Greek culture that he so strongly believed in, and spread that culture all over Asia in the cities that bear his name; Alexandria. Nevertheless, the ingeniousness tactics and strategies that he created brought about hesitations among his troops. He conquered much of what was then the civilized world, driven by his divine ambition of the world conquest and the creation of a universal world monarchy. Alexander inherited from his father King Philip the best military formation of the time. The mobile elite were Alexander 's Companion Cavalry consisting of primarily the Macedonian aristocracy. The backbone of the army was the