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Alexander III the Great 356-323 BC
Alexander III the Great 356-323 BC

 

Conquering the World in a Decade

According to Napoleon, Alexander was one of the seven greatest generals in history.

Let's take it from a pro.
 

Above Image

Alexander the Great, Marble, British Museum.

Photo Yair Haklai


Alexander of Macedonia, or Alexander III, was born in Pella, Macedonia.

His life is at the root of many legends.

 

Alexander the Great in a Nutshell

Alexander conquered the entire then known world in a decade, which included the defeat of the ruling Persian Empire.

And here is the map

Alexander the Great - Map of His Conquests
The Conquests of Alexander the Great 336-323 BC

 

Alexander's Family, Friends, and Peers

His father,  Philip II, was assassinated when Alexander was 20 years old. Philip was the 18th king of Macedonia. Alexander became his successor in 336 B.C. 

Interesting tidbit: 336 B.C. was also the year in which  Darius III became king of the Persian Empire.

Alexander's mother was not Angelina Jolie (you wish) but Olympias. Olympias was the princess of Epirus. Here is a  map of Epirus. And if you watched  the movie Alexander closely, you know that she was the kind of gal who knew what she wanted.

Then there was Aristotle. Aristotle was Alexander's tutor during his childhood.

Alexander's main male lover was Hephaestion, one of his bodyguards. When Hephaestion died, Alexander arranged a humongous funeral.