preview

Alexander the Great

Better Essays
The statue of a man who resembles the physical appearance of God leaves many to wonder the power and strength of such a person. Who can this god-like person be? What did he do to deserve to be portrayed in such an honorable way in the Greek society in the fourth century B.C? This statue is of a man named Alexander III of Macedon or more commonly known as, Alexander the Great. 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 was able to succeed by his military strategies which change the demographics of the conquered nations during his reign in 336-323 B.C.E.

Alexander the Great has been considered for centuries as a military genius and influenced conquerors such as Hannibal the Carthaginian, the Romans Pompey, Caesar and Napoleon. Although, he inherited a strong kingdom and an experienced army, Alexander was capable to display his leadership and military capabilities. In 338 B.C., his father, King Phillip II, gave Alexander a commanding post among the senior generals as the Ma...

... middle of paper ...

...ofmacedonia.org/AncientMacedonia/AlexandertheGreat.html>.

Borza, Eugene N. "Alexander the Great: History and Cultural Politics." Journal of the Historical Society 7.4 (2007): 411-442. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 17 May 2011.

Cartledge, Paul. "ALEXANDER THE GREAT." History Today 54.7 (2004): 10-16. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 17 May 2011.

Duiker, William J, and Jackson J Spielvogel. "The Rise of Macedonia and the Conquests of Alexander." World History. Ed. Nance Blaine, et al. 6th ed. Boston, MA: Clark Baxter and Suzanne Jeans, 2010. 117-126. Print.

"History: Alexander the Great." BBC. BBC, 2011. Web. 15 May 2011. .

"The Conquests of Alexander the Great - 336-300 BC." Concise Atlas of World History, Andromeda. London: Andromeda, 1997. Credo Reference. Web. 17 May 2011.