The Remains of a Legend’s Title

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Alexander the Great is a great example to this new title change, he was known as a legend, a hero and even the Messiah. Alexander was born on the summer of 356 BC and died in the month of Daisios (June) 323 BC. His parents are Olympias and Philip, Olympias was the princess of the Molossia in Epirus, which was named after Andromache and Neoptolemus son. Neoptolemus is the same man who slain King Priam, and is also the son of Achilles. So it is said that Alexander was a descendant of the “flawed hero of the Illiad”. He is known for being able to conquer the world's greatest empire in less than a decade, he created in his empire the physical, political, and social organizations of Greek civilization, he created the polis (city-state), and so much more. According to Western Society: A Brief History, John P McKay and my secondary source notes that Alexander's title “The Great” has been changing over time in the views of the modern civilization. More information has been brought out of hiding about Alexander and scholars has come up with different arguments that Alexander the Great was more “Alexander the Insignificant” or “Alexander the Terrible”. There has been words going around that he might have not been straight, looked at himself as a god and is even equal to Hitler. This essay will focus on Alexander the Great's personal life and his personality. First the essay will discuss about his childhood life, the way he was raised, the beliefs he was raised with and the prophecies of his birth. Secondly this essay will discuss about his special connection with the gods and lastly this essay will the new world’s point of view of him and why his title “The Great” is in doubt. This paper argues that as times goes on a legend (or a hero) ... ... middle of paper ... ...nnatural being it's odd or unacceptable. Alexander the Great was indeed worth the title “The Great” but as time pass by his acts has become immoral to society and that is what causes all the confusion of his title. Works Cited Guy Maclean Rogers, Alexander: The Ambiguity of Greatness (United States, 2005) 4 Guy Maclean Rogers, Alexander: The Ambiguity of Greatness (United States, 2005) 5 Ibid., Guy Maclean Rogers, Alexander: The Ambiguity of Greatness (United States, 2005) 5 Richard Stoneman, Alexander the Great: A Life In Legend ( United States, 2008) 46 Guy Maclean Rogers, Alexander: The Ambiguity of Greatness (United States, 2005) 6 Guy Maclean Rogers, Alexander: The Ambiguity of Greatness (United States, 2005) 107 Professor Ian Worthington, How “Great” Was Alexander? http://www.utexas.edu/courses/citylife/readings/great1.html (accessed 1999)

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