Alexander The Great Downfall

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Alexander The Great It is in no doubt that Alexander the Great has had a prominent position in the annals of history, and it is not arguable that he is among the most celebrated generals and leaders not only of his time, but also throughout history. All the same, it would be unfair to continue claiming that he deserved the accolades and the numerous mentions and references that he has continued to receive to date, without pausing to evaluate his real personality and the challenges of his time, and the decisions that he made, that may have led to the great success witnessed during his time. Besides, it is worth considering what the contributions of other people around him were, and the overall effects of such people in the final picture of…show more content…
Although Philip had many wives, Olympia was the favourite, possibly explaining why Alexander later became the heir of the throne. He had a fairly good childhood, having been brought up as a prince, and he was further put on training under Aristotle, up to the age of 16 years. A few years later his father died and Alexander inherited the royal throne at the age of 20 years. He not only inherited a vast and rich kingdom, but also a well trained and experienced army, one of the strongholds of Alexander’s reign. He took advantage of his army and even extended it further into Greece, Egypt, and the surrounding region, and even extended it as far as India. It is argued that his army was never defeated in war, and it effectively became the strongest and a well-organized army of ancient times. Alexander’s birth and the child were surrounded by a lot of mysteries, stating with his very paternity, which was not clearly defined. On the day Alexander was born, the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, which is one of the world wonders bus burnt down, while his father king Philip received information that his soldiers had defeated the combined Illyrian and Paeonian army. Various theories were advanced to explain this, and the most mysterious one was that the temple burnet since Artemis the god was away to preside over and witness the birth of Alexander. However, it is argued that these superstitious theories were advanced later in life by Alexander himself, in attempts to shroud his own personality and claim supernatural
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