Essay on Alexander: Truly Great

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Alexander, son of King Philip II of Macedon, is known as Alexander the Great. However, was he truly great? One may look at his many accomplishments to decide if he deserves the title. Sometimes character is the test of determining if a man is great. Alexander meets both standards with his philosophic background, conquering abilities, victories in battle, and outstanding accomplishments; therefore, he truly meets his title as Alexander the Great Alexander was born in 356 B.C. to King Philip II f Macedon, and Olympias, princess of Epirus. King Philip was one of Alexander’s main influences. Philip was a man of action: he built cities, navies, roads, armies, conquered Athens, and created the League of Corinth, which he treated fairly. At age …show more content…
His next conquests came a bit easier. In Babylon, he was immediately hailed as king and was given the treasury at Susa. In Persepolis, Alexander seized the Persian treasury and torched the palace. Darius III was finally killed here, but no by Alexander himself, which greatly upset him. Now that Alexander had conquered Persia, he had become like the Persians, or in other terms, he was “going native.” The Greeks did not view this as his greatest time as Alexander was a bit more excepting of other cultures than his father, Philip, and his tutor, Aristotle. Once conquered, the Persians believed Alexander was Darius’ successor and worshipped him as a god, which greatly upset the ancient Greeks due to this was far from their beliefs. A Persian princess became his first wife, which showed that he wanted to become a part of the Persian culture. The Greeks also frowned upon this. Other minor adaptations Alexander made were appointing Persian officials to his army and government and adopting their manners and dress. Alexander may have been a strong leader, but he had a violent temper, killing three of his close friends out of anger.
The last stop on Alexander’s campaign was his conquest in India. Before starting his journey, he burned the immense amount of booty he and his troops had acquired because it was weighing them down. This displaced Alexander’s belief that

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