Alexander The Great : An Intellectual And Philosophical Person

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Alexander the Great is credited with being an exceptional ruler who conquered the majority of the known word. Accomplishing some of the most impressive and elaborate conquerings in the 300s BCE, Alexander the Great had an empire spanning from Egypt to Asia. Alexander was able to achieve such victories through his short life because of his father, his army, and his impeccable leadership abilities. A lot of the accomplishments made by Alexander the Greats can be attributed to his father Phillips II. Phillip wanted to ensure that Alexander would become both an intellectual and philosophical person. Philip hired Aristotle to tutor Alexander in Philosophy, politics, and science from a young age. The philosophy taught to Alexander influenced his choices as a leader later on in life. Philip also hired Lysimachus so that Alexander could be taught basic skills such as writing and reading, as well as to play a variety of instruments. Philip instructed Leonidas to teach alexander discipline so that he would have a solid foundation for becoming a leader (Mark, Joshua J. "Alexander the Great”). Philip II left his son, 16 years old at the time, Alexander takes over Macedonia in his absence. During the period that Phillip was gone, Alexander was able to demonstrate his outstanding leadership abilities by taking over Maedi and putting an end to their rebellion (Plutarch, A History of Ancient Greece). This showed that from a young age Alexander had been trusted by his father, and…

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