Alexander The Great, A King Of The Ancient Greek Kingdom Of Macedon

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Alexander III of Macedon (20/21 July 356 – 10/11 June 323 BC), commonly known as Alexander the Great, was a King of the Ancient Greek Kingdom of Macedon. He spent most of his ruling years on an unprecedented military campaign through Asia and northeast Africa, until by the age of thirty he had created one of the largest empires of the ancient world *, stretching from Greece to Egypt and into present-day Pakistan. He is further recognized for spreading Greek culture, language, and thought from Greece throughout Asia Minor, Egypt, and Mesopotamia to India and thus initiating the era of the "Hellenistic World". I will first talk about the ways in which Alexander was able to control so much in such a brief span of time, I will then talk about how Alexander managed to maintain power for as long as he did through the introduction of his Oriental Policy. In this essay I will argue that Alexanders early influences and his Oriental Policy were the credits to his success, allowing him to create and control one of the greatest empires of the ancient world.

Alexander was born in Pella in 356 BC. From a young age he was taught to fight and ride by Leonidas of Epirus, a relative of his mother Olympias. His father, Philip, hired Lysimachus of Acarnania to teach the boy reading, writing, and to play the lyre. At the age of 13 Alexander was introduced to the Greek philosopher Aristotle who would be Alexanders private tutor. He would study with Aristotle for the next three years. Not only…

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