Alexander The Great: The Spread Of Greek Culture

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Throughout the ancient world, there had been many great empires built and destroyed. The empires were formed in all different sizes, from ones as small as a couple miles in length to ones as big as thousands of miles. One of the thousand mile empire was known as the Macedonian Empire. The vast empire was ruled by the young and powerful, Alexander the Great. This paper will prove that Alexander earned the title “The Great” because he conquered the Persians, spread the Greek culture, and he established Alexandria. Alexander the Great reigned after the assassination of his father at the age of 20. The young ruler was born in Pella, Greece. Standing before the death of his father, Alexander vowed to complete the plans of his father of conquering the Persian Empire. “Although Alexander was both…show more content…
Alexander’s father triggered the start of his lifelong love of learning and openness to foreign cultures by introducing his son to an ancient Greek philosopher. “Philip II hired Aristotle to tutor Alexander at age 14 in Greek, Hebrew, Babylonian and Latin, rhetoric and justice.” Aristotle taught young Alexander to accept all religions and educated him about the world. Joshua Mark claims, “...as Alexander traveled, he spread Greek thought and culture in his wake, thus "hellenizing" (to make `Greek’ in culture and civilization) those he conquered.” While Alexander fought in battles, he left his knowledge and beliefs of the Greek culture in the areas he fought. He spread the Greek culture during the years of battling and conquering the opposing empires. As time passed, the Greek language, attitudes, philosophy, understanding and overall culture spread from the civilizations conquered by Alexander the Great is now still in the process of spreading. This operation is now referred to as “Hellenization.” Alexander’s work of spreading the Greek culture is virtually influencing all its surrounding cultures
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