Alexander the Great Conquest Essay

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Alexander the Great's Distribution of Culture

Someone who has abilities above the normal or average person is considered great. In this case, were talking about Alexander the infamous Greek invader. Alexander the Great was a man of conquest and curiosity. By the age of twenty he had already conquered many of his local Grecian city states and had established himself as a leader. His desire to conquer and explore grew as he aged. As he travelled he took along with him the morals and customs of the place he was from. Alexander the Great spread Greek culture through conquest and the use of cultural manipulation.

Much of Alexander's success in conquering the Persian Empire was due to his guile. In ancient times, imperialists couldn't
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Alexanders persona and customs inspired cultures to mix with his and collaborate. It was said that "Alexander first settled the affairs of the whole kingdom of the Persians, giving it his own laws and appointing its administrators." (Davies, Iolo.) Creating order was Alexander's first priority. He knew that if he wanted to usurp a culture and maintain ultimate power he would need some infrastructure. The customs in Macedonia were that of order and class, so Alexander knew that he had to do it there. Evidently it worked, and the two cultures were able to maintain peace. Evidently the Grecian culture was also spread thoroughly into Persia through maintaining order and organization. There was a certain attractiveness to the Greeks that the Persian's felt, which is another reason that the two cultures clashed. The Greeks, who were a wealthy and organized culture, lured the Persians, who possibly weren't as wealthy or organized, into their way of doing things. Evidently these two opposites attracted, and a somewhat new culture blossomed.

A large part of Alexander's success came from his militaristic values and his annexation through Asia. Being a warrior there are certain things you have to personify. You have to be a leader and an example to your followers or soldiers. Alexander once took the last bit of water that his entire army had and "poured

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