Philip II was assassinated in 336 BC, and Alexander took over the title of king and the rule of the army immediately. Although Alexander didn’t have to work too hard to get a good army, as his father laid an extremely firm foundation for his later success, what Alexander acco... ... middle of paper ... ... whose legends and stories have been written in over eighty languages. Alexander blended so many cultures over his lifetime and travels, and this leads to a reason his legacy is so strong. By introducing Greek cultures to places he took over, and by bringing foreign cultures back home, Alexander was a prime example for cultural diffusion. On top of that, every general and empire wanted to be like him and mimic his actions.
All of these traits allowed him to conquer all of Greece in twenty years, some time during 338 BC (lecture, Hollister 147). Alexander the Great grew up seeing his father conquering what seemed to be everything within reach. This amazing feat instilled the mentality that someone who is “strong” can conquer everything (lecture). Exposed to his father’s achievements as a child, coupled with the teachings of the famous phil... ... middle of paper ... ...ng care of the kids, they were able to own property and take part in business activity (Hollister 153). Even the historically sexist Greeks started thinking that husbands and wives should be considered equals, a view that would have been considered radical a few decades prior (Hollister 153).
Few historical figures stand out in the same degree as that of Alexander the Great. He was a warrior by 16, a commander at age 18, and was crowned King of Macedon by the time he was 20 years old. He did things in his lifetime that others could only dream about. Alexander single-handedly changed the nature of the ancient world in just over a decade. 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.
Both leaders are good and influential leaders from their time, but it is Alexander the Great that is better. Caesar was born into a traditional influential and respected family. It is this influence that he used to make his way to the top of the Roman leadership. His use in warfare and military conquests are legendary although he had at first concentrated in pursuing political actions. He won the first elections in his political career at the early forties.
Alexander's father, Philip II influenced the events in the military and political areas that eventually helped Alexander in his conquests. When Philip took power in 359 B.C., Macedonia was in turmoil and he immediately set out to put the people under his control. Philip developed the Macedonian army and formed alliances with the Balkan peoples. Philip established many political reforms that made his state a great power. He increased the size of the Royal Companions/heairoi, which gave more people positions of power and a sense of belonging to the kingdom.
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 the great is known as one of the most ruthless and greatest leaders the world has ever seen. In less than ten years, Alexander conquered cities from Greece all the way to modern day India. Not only did he defeat and conquer cities throughout the known world, but Alexander would also leave his mark spreading and influencing Greek society wherever he went. His leadership and conquests united the East and the West as a whole like no one up to that point had done before. His impact on culture and society when meshing his Greek background with his conquered cities became something truly unique.
Many people believe that Alexander was actually a son of Zeus his own father King Philip believed it he believed it so much he sent a messenger to talk to the oracle of Delphine. Alexander grew up very fast one of the first times Philip knew his son was destined for greatness is when Philip was being shown a horse that a man was trying to sell him. The horse would not follow directions and was very unstable Alexander being by his father’s side recognizes something with the horse and immediately takes the horse and faced him towards the sun. Alexander had realized that the horse was afraid of his own shadow he then jumps onto the horse and begins riding the horse. Philip all the while can’t believe what he just saw and begins to weep it said that this becomes Alexander’s favorite horse and he will eventually use the horse in many battles.
The phalanx was used throughout history as an effective battlefield maneuver from roughly 2500 B.C until around 200 B.C and altered and refined as time passed 4. Never was this tactic used more effectively and more efficiently than by Alexander the Great, who used it to expand his empire as far as Punjab, India 5. As a final testament to his military prowess, the fact that under Alexander’s control, the Macedonian civilization army effectively conquered and controlled almost every known region in the ancient world 6. As a military lea... ... middle of paper ... ...to fund further conquest and exploration, leading to the age known as the Hellenistic period 14. Amidst the vast wealth the Macedonians had acquired through Alexander’s conquests, India and other countries had benefited from the dispersion of Persia’s mass wealth.
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