Alexander's Influence In Egypt

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Alexander’s arrival to Egypt provided benefits for both the Greeks and Egyptians, embracing the religion of the area, and paved the way for what would later be the Egyptian Empire. One of the most significant and most prosperous generals in all of history was Alexander the Great. He was described as a” scintillating, patient and often devious man that struck with careful planning.”1 Alexander made decisions with great agility and took exceptional risks, his prosperity was resolved by his show of precipitous force and his will to overcome. In his lifetime Alexander defeated the Persians and Greeks, conquered Egypt and Asia Minor, and procured the Mediterranean Sea. In 332 B.C.E. Alexander and his army reached Egypt. The Egyptians welcomed him…show more content…
This museum was said to include “a zoo, a botanical garden, and an extensive library.”3 Scientists and scholars traveled from around the world to Alexandria to study the works collected there. Thousands of years later, Greek culture remains the most prominent aspect of Western culture. Egypt has become one of the most significant cultures in world history. Memphis continued to be its capital of Egypt. The administrative framework of Egypt was also left unscathed. Egypt was then opened to Macedonian and other Greek immigrants. Alexander conceptualized Egypt as a province with a ruler and a culture that were to be both Greek and Macedonian. This notion of Egypt proved to be an important turning point in Egyptian history, creating a new and diverse culture. Alexander was a pious man who began each day with sacrifices to the gods, consequently he was pleased to worship the Egyptian deities as he associated their gods with his own. At the Memphite necropolis of Sakkara Alexander offered sacrifices to the Apis bull a cult animal of the creator god Ptah. He originated Greek-style games and literary challenges which brought a number of people from all great distances and cultures to participate in these games. This brought the beginning of Hellenism and the merging Greek customs and traditions. Egypt and Greece would successfully co-exist for the next 3…show more content…
It reached its peak of material and cultural grandeur under Ptolemy II Philadelphus, who ruled from 285 to 246. After his death, the empire entered a long period of war and constitutional dispute that ended when Egypt became the province of the Roman Empire in 30 BC. Alexander the Great is, amiably, the most famous figure in world history. Alexander's acquisition’s reflected not only his desire for dominance, but also his belief that East and West could be united under one system of government and become a way of life. His approach to a powerful empire inspired a subservient convergent of customs and concepts along the axis of consolidation that his configuration of advancement had
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