Alexander was brought up admiring Homeric heroes, and was inspired by their emotional impulses. Alexander wanted to be seen as braver than brave, the mostly kingly of kings, and the greatest of all generals. Alexander wanted to identify with mythical and divine conquerors, such as Dionysus. Anaxarchus, a Greek philosopher whom accompanied Alexander at the school of Democritus, said that Alexander had better claims to be a god than Dionysus and Heracles, due to Alexander’s grand accomplishments. Alexander was inspired by Homer’s hero Achilles, and his aspiration for greatness – he even saw himself as a reincarnation of this Homeric hero.
Even as a boy Alexander was fearless and strong. He tamed the beautiful and spirited Bucephalus, a horse that no one else dared to touch or ride. Later, this famous steed carried him as far as India, where it died. Alexander then built the city of Bucephalus on the Hyphasis River in memory of his beloved horse. Philip was so proud of Alexander's power over the horse that he said, "O my son, seek out a kingdom worthy of thyself, for Macedonia is too little for thee."
Alexander the Great Alexander the Great was king of the Macedonians and one of the greatest generals in history. As a student of the Greek philosopher Aristotle, Alexander was embedded with lasting interests in philosophy, politics and warfare. As king, he settled problems by immediate action, making quick decisions and taking great risks. His armies overcame these risks by sheer force and by the ingenious tactics instilled in them by Alexander. He and his armies conquered the Persian Empire, which stretched from the Mediterranean Sea to India and formed much of what was then considered the civilized world.
There were many attributes that made Alexander “Great.” He was a brilliant strategist and an inspired leader; he led by example and was a conqueror at heart. In looking at his early childhood, accession to the throne, conquests, marriage, and death one can see why Alexander the Great is revered in historical contexts as one of the greatest figures of all time. Alexander was born in Pella, the capital of Macedon, on July 20, 356 B.C. He was the son of King Philip II and his fourth wife Olympias, an Epirote princess. Alexander was bred to be a warrior; his father was a great commander and king, and his mom’s second cousin, Pyrrhus of Epirus, was a celebrated general.
In conclusion, Alexander became successfully in many much characters. His mentor Aristotle had great effect in Alexander the Great life. Aristotle thought all thing that needed in life, basically Aristotle build Alexander. Olympias build Alexander confident and bravery, telling him all the great story of god and his ancestries are god (Hercules). Before a battle Alexander sacrifice to god and gave me respect.
Alexander looked up to Aristotle ‘like a father’, and it can later be seen that Aristotle gave Alexander the knowledge it took to be one of the greatest rulers in history. Alexander was a man of extremes and contradictions. At times he would have intense spurts of energy and then long sulks. He showed extreme generosity and at the same time murderous cruelty against former friends. After the assassination of his father, King Philip II, Alexander was in direct line to take over as ruler.
He also “assured expansion and domination of Hellenistic which together with Roman civilization and Christianity, constitutes the foundation of what is now called Western Civilization.” (http://1stmuse.com/frames/) Alexander the Great’s legacy was incredible and will always be remember for its greatness. Historians have portrayed him as a high-minded philosopher; however, others view him as a bloody-minded autocrat that is more interested in his own success than a philosophical theory of the common good. (Mckay, John P. Western Society, a Brief History: From Antiquity to Enlightenment. S.l. : Bedford Bks St Martin 'S, 2009.
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>.
Achilles was a very notorious soldier who caused his enemies dread him. Throughout warfare he elimin... ... middle of paper ... ...e comments that the Trojan war is a central civilization and a story that is exciting beginning to end (Kirkus Media). Reading the Trojan war is very thrilling. For exemplification, Achilles is introduced to battle and fills the reader with jaw dropping exhilaration. The war also interests its occupants when Odysseus uses his wit to win the battle.
Alexander the Great Alexander the Great, a patient and often devious man; had never struck without careful planning. The youthful, headstrong 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 sheer force and drive to overcome these risks. Alexander was educated as a student by the Greek philosopher Aristotle. The philosopher imbued Alexander with a love of Greek art and poetry, and instilled in him a lasting interest in Philosophy and science.