From an early age he showed great promise as he would do extradionary things to impress his father. According to Peter G. Tsouras’ “Alexander: Invincible King of Macedonia,” he describes one of the legendary stories about Alexander, which is about the wild horse he was able to tamed, which he would name Bucephalus and would later name a city after it (Tsouras 17). Phillip II had one of the great military forces in the world, which allowed him to expand and dominate other armies. Phillip wanted to take control of all of Greece, but he needed to defeat the military forces of Athens and Thebes. Phillip decides taht Alexander is ready for
The assassinator, named Pausanias, was likely a member of the Royal Hypaspist Guard, an elite unit of one thousand men. Diodorus writes that Philip had “promoted him [Pausanias] to a more honorable position among the bodyguards,” therefore ensuring his own death. Alexander was the next in line for the throne, and became king. After Philip’s death, however, the kingdom was in revolt. Barbarians to both the North and the West began to rebel against Macedonian rule.
His ambitious drive to rule in the largest empire took shape at a young age and he continued his conquest up till the day he passed away. Alexander III of Macedon, son of Philip II of Macedon, inherited the throne when only 20 years old after his father fell victim to an assassination. Soon after Alexander took the throne a rebellious spirit dwelled upon the city of Thebes. He quickly gathers the support of the accomplished Macedonian army and rides towards Thebes to punish them for their insubordination. Upon arriving, he gave out orders for the city to be razed and to demean any will of resisting, of which the news spread to other cities to disregard any deliberation of rebellion or they too will have a similar outcome.
Philip II of Macedonia became king when he was 23 years old in very dire situations in 359 B.C.E. (Sekunda 4). There were threats from barbarians north of Macedonia, and threats from the cunning Greek southern cities (4). Philip had to act quickly to gain control so he needed to create an army (4). He had spent time in Thebes as a hostage and gained military knowledge "from the work of Epaminondas, one of the greatest generals of the day" ("Philip II").
Plutarch speaks of ethical and political instruction, and it is extremely likely that he received basic training in eristics.” “At age sixteen, in the year 340 B.C., Alexander left Mieza to join his father in running the affairs of the rapidly expanding and increasingly powerful Macedonian state.” These early lessons would serve as an example to Alexander when he would later rise to fill his father’s role as hegemon of all Greece. Alexander would serve as a commander in his father’s army at The Battle of Chaeronea against the Theban and Athenian Armies before, his ascension to the throne. Here he would over run the legendary Theban Cavalry securing all of Greece-with the exception of Sparta-under Macedonian rule. Together Phillip and his son used their skills to gather intelligence about their enemy and waited until just the right moment to attack. “We don’t know whether it was Phillip or Alexander who pushed for the information and intelligence-gathering, but we do know that such detailed information-gathering was a hallmark of Alexander’s military tactics.
Alexander the Great Alexander the Great was the king of Macedonia, conqueror of the Persian Empire, and one of the greatest military geniuses of all times. Even at an early age, Alexander had the promise to become a great leader. Through all his victories and conquests, he has become a great hero and has had a large impact on history. That is why I chose he book Alexander the Great, by J.R. Hamilton for my review. Hamilton does a very good job with the story of Alexander the Great.
Aristotle inspired interests of politics, other races of people and countries, plants and animals, and a great love for literature in Alexander (“Overview of Alexander the Great. '; 1). He was an outstanding athlete and excelled in every sport of his time (Durant 538). In 338 B.C., at the age of 18, Alexander led the cavalry of his father’s army in the Battle of Chaeronea, which brought Greece under Macedonian control. At the age of 20, Alexander’s father was murdered by one of his bodyguards, and Alexander succeeded the throne as king of Macedonia.
Pompey was in on the deal and he was supposed to take over. Caesar knew that if he entered the city of Rome without his troops he would be killed by Pompey and so he crossed the Rubicon with his troops and attacked Rome. He took over as a dictator for life and gained a lot of power. He was able to run a strong military and even though he was considered only a dictator he wrote laws that actually made him have the same powers as a king. The conspirators saw the problem that had arised and so they planned the murder of Caesar on the Ides of March.
When Julius was stabbed to death in 44 BC, 19-year-old Augustus (vroma), went to Rome to collect his inheritance as the direct heir of Julius (Divine). Augustus created a new triumvirate with two other men when he went to Rome: Mark Antony, a close friend of Julius, and Marcus Lepidus, a general in Julius’s army (12). The first thing that Augustus did with his new power, was pursue revenge for his uncle’s death. The triumvirate hunted down the conspirators to Greece (PBS), where they waged a war against Brutus and Cassius at Phillipi and defeated them in two battles (12). After defeating the conspirators of Julius’s death, Antony and Augustus pushed Marcus Lepidus aside so that they could have more power for themselves.
Soon after his father's death, Constantine was raised to the purple by the army. The period between 306 and 324, during Constantine’s rule, was a period of constant civil war. Two sets of campaigns not only guaranteed Constantine a spot in Roman history, but also made him sole ruler of the Roman Empire. On October 28th, 312 he defeated Maxentius at The Battle of the Milvian Bridge. In 314, 316, and 324, he repeatedly defeated his last remaining rival Licinius.