World History Bio: The Ups and Downs of Alexander the Great

>> Sunday, February 14, 2010

Alexander the Great is considered one of Greek's greatest leaders because of his contribution to the expansion of the Greek Empire during his reign as the king of Macedon. Read on to know more about the deeds of Alexander the Great.

Alexander the Great as the conqueror

During his reign, Alexander the Great lead his army to conquer several empires and nations, including the Persian Empire, Syria, Egypt, Assyria, and Babylonia. His quests were fueled by his dream to expand the Greek empire and make a name for himself. Through force and by diplomatic means, Alexander the Great was able to spread Greek civilization into the East. He is also known for this tactical skills, which made him a renowned army leader. The siege of Tyre was probably one of Alexander's greatest achievements as he conquered Persia. Because of Tyre's unique geographical location, Alexander used his brilliant tactical skills and created a causeway to gain entrance to Tyre.

The defeats of Alexander the Great

However, his quests were defeated by plots and schemes against his life. Because of his achievements, several members of his own army tried to kill him. In the end, Alexander the Great died at the young age of 32.

Despite his short life, Alexander the Great had contributed greatly to the proliferation of Greek civilization. Because of this, he has been the subject of many movies. One of the most recent films that depicted the life of Alexander the Great was Alexander, which was directed by Oliver Stone and starred Colin Farrel as Alexander and Angelina Jolie as Alexander's mother, Queen Olympias.


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