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That Great Guy: Alexander
Transcript of That Great Guy: Alexander
Son of Phillip the Great
Born on July 20th 365 BCE Claimed to have descended from Heracles
Was raised by his future wife's sister
He was a pretty cool guy who doesn't afraid of anything What happened when Alexander was born? The Temple of Artemis burned down to the ground His father's general won a great battle His father's horse won a race in the Olympics So since he's so great, he's gotta be sexy, right? WRONG! Alexander was short and stocky He couldn't grow a beard as was standard during the time His neck was twisted so he was always looking to the heavens He had one brown eye and one blue eye Well, at least he had a good personality... Ambitious... Rash, impulsive... Violent... Weakness to alcohol... BUT! He was also perceptive... Logical... Calculating... and Intelligent! He once said "I would rather live a short life of glory than a long one of obscurity." This helped him to be a pretty good general He NEVER lost a battle in 11 years (That's a LONG time to not lose) Tutored by Aristotle in philosophy, medicine, botany, zoology, and geography He traveled with builders, engineers,
poets, historian, scientists, doctors, slave traders He said: 'It is a lovely thing to live with courage and to die leaving behind an everlasting renown' He inherited a well-trained army from his father.
He was quick in both decision and action.
He was innovative and daring in battle.
He always led from the front.
He looked after his men who were fiercely loyal.
He was ruthlessness and merciless with those who opposed him.
He was politically astute: bribed and helped those needed as friends. They fought primarily in phalanx formation They used long (7m or 21') spear and hoplite shields His army was the first to use tactics taking into account combined, varied forces, using a variety of troops to fulfill specific roles and form a greater whole. Eventually thought of as the son of Zeus He really enjoyed the philosophy and read up on it all his life, even during his military campaign So that's Alexander the Great He conquerred the known world by the time he was 25 He died at 35 from a mysterious illness. His body was encased in a cold sarcophogus and placed in a gold casket This casket was later melted down for coinage, he was placed in a glass case afterwards Hi armour was stolen for luck His body was eventually lost and still is not found today He was pretty great If he wasn't they wouldn't make us learn about him in history class