Essay about Alexander the Great Outline

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Alexander the Great (356 – 323 BCE) A. Early Life 1. The temple of Diana at Ephesus burned down the day Alexander was born, an omen most that meant that the force that would destroy Asia was born. 2. There was/is a rumor about Alexander’s parentage. Shortly before Olympias, Alexander’s mom, announced she was pregnant (with Alexander), King Philip saw her in bed with a snake. Zeus was commonly known to disguise himself as a snake when he slept with mortal women. Therefore, there was/is a possibility that Alexander was only half-mortal, and that he was not Philip’s son. 3. Alexander tamed the horse Bucephalus, who no other man could tame, when he was a boy. This horse became his, and he rode Bucephalus for most of his …show more content…
7. He then moved down the coast and took control of Lycia and Phrygia. 8. Darius (Persian king) marched into Issus as Alexander marched into Syria, accidently passing each other. 9. Alexander turned around, reaching Darius before he could get out of Issus. 10. Alexander and his army defeated the Persians once more, but King Darius escaped. 110,000 Persian casualties. This is known as the Battle of Issus (333 BCE). 11. He laid siege to the city of Tyre a year later, 332 BCE, taking control of it after 7 months of the siege. 12. He took control of Gaza, and then continued into Egypt. 13. Returning out of Egypt, Alexander accepted the surrender of all countries west of the Euphrates River. He then went after Darius, who had gathered another army. 14. Alexander and his army defeated the Persians again, but once again, King Darius got away. 15. Alexander marched into Babylon and immediately captured it, then continued into Persia itself and captured Persepolis, the capital city. He spent the winter there with his army (January-May 330 BCE). 16. News came shortly after winter ended that Bessus (a Persian) had betrayed Darius and made him a prisoner in his own camp. Alexander and his army rushed to get there. 17. When they arrived at the Persian camp, they discovered that Darius had been left to die. He was barely alive, and

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