Alexander "The Great"

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Alexander of Macedon Alexander of Macedon is great.When considering greatness one must first define greatness. Great, “of an extent, amount, or intensity considerably above the normal or average”(Merriam‑Webster). How can one define such a word, as throughout history and culture the meaning of greatness changes deeply. When comparing the idea of greatness in Alexander's time and the current period the difference is quite grand. In Alexander's time greatness was mainly reserved for soldiers, and men of higher birth. These men attained greatness through military achievement and through the conquering of foreign nations. A militaristic definition of greatness in a militaristic time in history. When contrasting greatness in our current time and Alexander's what stands out is greatness is not only reserved for militaristic exploits but also the polar opposite, efforts in peace.His military tactics proved him one of the greatest military commanders of all time. Lucius Flavius Arrianus,, was a Greek philosopher and historian who lived some 400 years after the time of Alexander. His book is considered the best account of Alexander's reign (Document B (Lucius Flavius Arrianus, The Campaigns of Alexander, circa 130 CE.). This document shows one of many of Alexander's great military skills, he turns the enemies own weapons against their own army. Then his willingness to learn all kind of things, his Adaptation to the customs of other people as to prove himself as successor rather than the conqueror also proved him as great. What he did to show himself as a successor and not a conquer shows his efforts to keep peace. Not only did he conquer greece without losing a fight. He was able to expanded his father's empire. He was smart in his doings and had a strong army. He was also great because of his wisdom in how he tried to keep his empire together. He was not a harsh ruler
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