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Alexandar the Great

The life and times of the leader of the known world
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Elizabeth McDowell

on 27 January 2014

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Transcript of Alexandar the Great

Became king at age 21

Led army into Asia Minor in 334 BCE

Gordian Knot
Alexander the Great: Emperor of the known world
Succeeds at the first two - taken out by Macedonian assasin before invading Persia
Why the people loved him
Alexander sought to fulfill father's legacy
King Philip II of Macedon
Defeats Darius' army
Darius flees
leaves behind wife and
kids!
Killed by own general

Alexander declares himself
king
Moves capital to
Babylon
Death of Alexander
Conquering the River Valleys
More conquest
Alexander 's Empire
Attributes of
Alexander:
So....
Photo credits: 'horizon' by pierreyves @ flickr
So...
Originally from Greece
Three goals
- build a strong army
- unify Greece
- conquer Persia
Military
Served in Father's army
Great Leader
Charismatic
Brave
Proven winner
Aristocracy
well educated
good bloodlines
excellent speaker
Invades Egypt

Establishes Alexandria
- city of learning

Declared Pharaoh
Egypt and Nile - 332 BCE
Tigris and Euphrates - 331 BCE
Indus 326

Hit India during monsoon season. Weary soldiers
begged to go home. Army turned around.
How was one of the greatest generals of all time taken
down?
Died at age 33

No son to inherit - Empire divided among strongest
generals
Antigonus
Ptolemy
Selcus
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