Analysis Of The Book ' Barbarian Things With Things Hellenic '

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If it were not my purpose to combine barbarian things with things Hellenic, to traverse and civilize every continent, to search out the uttermost parts of land and sea, to push the bounds of Macedonia to the farthest Ocean, and to disseminate and shower the blessings of the Hellenic justice and peace over every nation, I should not be content to sit quietly in the luxury of idle power, but I should emulate the frugality of Diogenes. But as things are, forgive me Diogenes, that I imitate Herakles, and emulate Perseus, and follow in the footsteps of Dionysos, the divine author and progenitor of my family, and desire that victorious Hellenes should dance again in India and revive the memory of the Bacchic revels among the savage mountain tribes beyond the Kaukasos.
- “On the Fortune of Alexander” by Plutarch, 332 a-b
To many, Alexander the Great is representative of great conquests. The span of his conquest spread from Greece and Egypt in the west to the outer edges of India, including the Persian Empire that previously dominated eastern Asia. While he was a superb military strategist and ruthless leader, he was not the perfect or one of the best rulers as most people romanticize him as. Alexander’s mastery of warfare and conquest acquired him an empire which was quick to disunite and fragment because of the lack of his foresight and aloof model of kingship. He was a great conqueror of the time but was not the best ruler to provide sustainability of the empire or to provide a…

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