Alexander III: The Greatest Commander In History

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The Greatest Commander in History History has provided us with many great commanders; commanders who would march into battle without fear and with great levels of bravery. Every commander has seen their share of defeat except one, and that commander was Alexander III. His first victory came when he was sixteen and since that battle he has lost none. Alexander III became known as Alexander the Great. Alexander III was born on July 20 356bc. His father was Philip II king of Macedon. Alexander was raised as a noble Macedonian child, learning to read, playing the lyre, ride, fight, and hunt. At the age on ten, a horse trader brought Philip a horse. When the stubborn horse wouldn’t let anyone ride him, Philip ordered the horse to be taken…show more content…
By 334bc he crossed the Hellespont (currently the Dardanelles) with 48,100 soldiers, 6,100 cavalry and a fleet of 120 ships with crews totaling 38,000. The first major battle against the Persians, called the Battle of the Granicus, gave Alexander control over their provincial capital and treasury of Sardis. After that battle Alexander took his forces deeper into Persia. After a year of small battles and gaining more land he finally reached the main Persian army, against Darius. In the battle of Issus, about 30,000 of Alexander’s troops faced 100,000 Persian troops. After securing a victory Alexander was granted with most of Persia’s land. He then proceeded to take possession of Syria, and most of the coast of the Levant. Alexander’s empire was quickly growing in size and in numbers. 989.984.4502 Years were spent in conquest and battle. Within ten years he conquered parts of Asia, Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Assyria, the rest of Persia, Sogdiana, Bactria, parts of India, and Babylonia making his empire the world’s largest at the time. After his campaign he returned home to plan his next one, which included taking over Arabia, but he was never able to, as he died shortly after his return to
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