Alexander The Great: The Conquests Of Alexander The Great

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The conquests of Alexander the Great during the 4th century BC undoubtedly transformed the ancient world, bringing people of foreign lands into contact with Greek ideals and customs that spawned a unique Hellenistic period of both decaying and generative traditions. Despite the historical dramatization of Alexander, emphasizing his charisma and intellect as being the driving forces in creating an empire of a size that had never been imagined before, the contexts of cultural tension between Greek and Persian societies, a fractious Greek political state, and civil strife from an overpopulated Greek world greatly supplemented Alexander’s inherent traits in clearing a path for him to rise and embark on a path of conquest in the pursuit of eternal fame and glorious riches. The animosity between the neighboring Persian and Greek worlds that dated back to the Greco-Persian Wars created an anthem that would be the source of inspiration for the gathering of Macedonian forces and later conquests into Asia. Differences in culture, races, traditions, and the reverence of a deity king made perceptions of Persians by Greeks to be that of a unrefined, brutish society; the antithesis of the democratic Greek philosophy. In Isocrates Address to Philip of Macedonia, he found “that on no other condition could Athens remain at peace, unless the greatest states of Hellas should resolve to put an end to their mutual quarrels and carry the war beyond our borders into Asia...to wrest from the
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