Was Alexander The Great A Hero Or A Villain?

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Alexander the Great was a leader of Macedonia at a very young age. Here is my take on whether he is a hero or a villain. Alexander caused widespread destruction, according to the Persians, “Persians also condemn him for the widespread destruction he was thought to have encouraged to cultural and religious sites throughout the empire” (Ansari).

Alexander thought it was an achievement to capture the Persians, “Alexander would have been familiar with stories such as these. The Persian Empire was not something to be conquered as much as an achievement to be acquired” (Ansari).

Alexander enjoyed killing people, “But according to some intriguing research, the young Macedonian's achievements may not have been as great as his name implies. The evidence suggests quite strongly that Greek material culture, at least, flourished as far away as the coast of what is now Israel at least a century before Alexander's conquests” (Dye). Those are all the reason why Alexander the Great was a villain.
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They might say Alexander was killing all those people to spread the religion, but according to this quote from an ABC article “But according to some intriguing research, the young Macedonian's achievements may not have been as great as his name implies. The evidence suggests quite strongly that Greek material culture, at least, flourished as far away as the coast of what is now Israel at least a century before Alexander's conquests.”

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