Alexander the Great Alexander the Great or Alexandros III Philippou Makedonan was born in July 356BC in Pella, Macedonia (Popovic intro). He conquered what was in his time, most of the civilized world. “Alexander accomplished greater deeds than any, not only of the kings before him but also of those later to come later down to our time (popovic intro).” He was one of the greatest military geniuses in the history of the world. Both of Alexander’s parents always dreamed of him someday being a great leader. Alexander’s mother was named Olympias, she was princess of Epirus, a small provincial kingdom.
Alexander created the greatest empire known by mankind by using his quick thinking and brilliant war tactics. Through his quest Alexander founded multiple cities in his name where his legacy still lives on today with the most famous one being Alexandria in Egypt. Alexander 's reign marked the beginning of a new era known as the Hellenistic Age because of the powerful influence that Greek culture had on other people. Without Alexander 's ambition, Greek ideas and culture might have been remained limited to
Alexander III of Macedon, more commonly known as Alexander the Great, is one of the most legendary figures in our history and in the history of the world. His conquests and endeavors echoed far and wide, bringing about new eras and ideas to the world. Alexander earned his place in the world’s history and is worthy of the title ‘The Great’ because of his military prowess, his idealism and his legacy. During the course of his life and reign, Alexander had fought and won many battles and wars, defeating many kings and warlords throughout the ancient world. Perhaps his most recognized conquest was of the Achaemenid Empire of Persia and its ‘King of Kings’ Darius III during the Battle of Issus 1.
Alexander took the throne at the age of twenty. Alexander’s leadership is one that many leaders try to imitate. The key component in his ability to lead was having the trust of his men . His men trusted in him that he had the best interest not only for them but also for his kingdom as a whole. With this trust in place, Alexander was able to take his men into any city without.
Alexander the Great might be by far the most impressive conqueror of the ancient world. He adopted the progression of an empire that his father Philip II started and then created a cross continental empire. Heavily influenced by his father’s success Alexander the Great adopted many of the skills, mental and military, that King Philip II had. During his thirteen years of rule he achieved more as a conqueror than any man before him was ever able to accomplish. Although his short-lived reign was great and effected many societies massively he didn’t have an heir that lived to adopt his empire from him to continue the domination of the world.
His father, King Phillip II, took the throne of Macedonia in 359 B.C.E and was able to turn Macedonia into the strongest military power in the entire Greek world. Macedonia was a state in the north eastern region of Greece. Alexander III of Macedon was born in 356 B.C.E in Pella; the ancient capital of Macedonia, Alexander grew up in the shadow of his father’s success in transforming Macedonia into a great military power. As his father tried to end the rivalries between city-states in Greece in order to unite in a war against Persia, Alexander was being tutored by Aristotle and had been a part of military campaigns. His father, more so, raised his son to become a great leader which is no wonder why when King Phillip II was assassinated and Alexander III of Macedon took the throne.
Alexander the Great inherited one of the most powerful armies in the ancient world from his father Philip. The army used a unique spear phalanx that was virtually unheard of outside of Macedonia, and the army was well trained and supported. Additionally Philip felt the use of siege weaponry was of great importance and invested in engineers to aid him. Philip even used siege weaponry on the field in battle some times. Philip set the stage for his son to dominate the known world, and even gave him a road map for conquering Asia minor, but an army and siege weapons are only a portion of an armies success.
Alexander the Great and Augustus Caesar have proven to be two of the worlds best leaders. These men were brilliant and a great influence on their people, bringing great wealth and prosperity to their nation as well as expanding their empires. Alexander and Augustus each came to power at a very young age and ruled in a totalitarian manner, with their main weapon being their military. However, even though they had similarities, each was very different. The following will prove my thesis.
When the conversation of who is the greatest general or emperor of all-time, a lot of names come to mind, but one stands above them all. Alexander III from Macedon stands as one if, not the best conqueror the world has ever seen. Alexander is commonly known as “Alexander the Great” for all the great things he was able to accomplish in his life, and is mostly recognized by this name. Alexander was born to be great, as he would go to inherit a great military built by his father Phillip II. He would inherit the great army and take to levels and lengths the world had never seen before.
There are many leaders in the world, but a great ruler is passionate, honorable and one who can inspire even in the most hopeless circumstances. Alexander the Great was a great ruler. Alexander the Great was a ruler that was not only inspiring, but he was fearless, smart, bold and courageous. Alexander the Great inspired his soldiers to crave more. He has inspired people since the day he started ruling.