Jose John May 11, 2016 No Comments
ALEXANDER THE GREAT Alexander the Great, a patient and often devious man; had never struck without careful planning. The youthful, head­strong Alexander liked to settle problems by immediate ac­tion. Making decisions with great speed, he took extraordi­nary risks; his success was achieved by the amount of sheer force and drives to overcome these risks. Alexander was edu­cated as a student by the Greek philosopher Aristotle. The philosopher imbued Alexander with a love of Greek art and poetry, and instilled in him a lasting interest in Philosophy and science. Within a year of his accession, Alexander extended his dominions northward toward the Danube River and westward towards the Adriatic Sea. He then turned his attention to Greece where Thebes and Athens were threatening to bolt the league with weapons purchased with Persian gold. Also, Ath­ens and Thebes were to unite in war against Macedon. In 335 B.C. Alexander decided to punish the city for what he re­garded as treachery. The city was destroyed and its people sold into slavery or killed. All of the city’s buildings were destroyed except for temples and the house of Pindar the poet. Pindar was long dead, but Alexander wanted to prove that even a Macedonian conqueror could be a Hellene. The savage les­son of...
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Jose John December 16, 2015 No Comments
ALEXANDER THE GREAT   Alexander the Great, (356-323 BC) the king of Macedonia was a military genius and a great conqueror of his times. He was born in Pella, the ancient capital city of Macedonia to King Philip II and Olympia’s, the princess of Epirus. He had the great teacher Aristotle as his tutor who imparted an all round education to him in various disciplines.   After the assassination of his father in 336 BC, Alexander succeeded to the throne of Macedonia. At the time of his crowning, there was large-scale rebellion existing both within his kingdom and from abroad. He showed his military leadership and supremacy by quickly putting down all uprisings in Greece, Thrace and Illyria. Taking advantage of a false rumor regarding his death spread among the revolutionaries in Thebes, Alexander plundered the city totally sparing only the temples and the house of the Greek lyric poet Pindar. The defeat of Thebes bought other Greek states into submission. After securing Greece and the Balkan Peninsula, Alexander crossed the Hellespont (now known as the Dardanelles) and waged war against Persia. He met with grand success in his military adventures as he defeated the Persian army at the river Granicus, near the city of Troy, and went on to conquer both Miletus and Halicarnassus....
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