Alexander the Great vs. Julius Caesar

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Who Deserves the Title of the Great? Ancient history is full of leaders and conquerors that impacted the world in many ways, but none can compare to the might of Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar. Both were two very important and influential men in the history of the world but only one deserves the title of the Great. Alexander was a Greek king and military commander of one of the most successful armies in the world during the ancient times while Julius Caesar was also a military leader and was quintessential in the demise of the Roman Republic but the rise of the Roman Empire. These two men were determined to rule and conquer the world, and both came very close, though using different tactics. Taking a look at each leader’s own military, cultural, and political accomplishments makes it clear that Alexander is the one who deserves the title of the Great. Alexander the Great was born in 356 BC to King Phillip II of Macedon and his wife Olympias. His father was assassinated when Alexander was only 19 years old, and he took his place as King after ruthlessly murdering all of his rivals to the crown. King Phillip II of Macedon told his son Alexander "My boy, you must find a kingdom big enough for your ambition. Macedon is too small for you" after he had tamed a fearful horse at the age of only 10. Alexander proved his father right and grew up to be one of the world's most legendary military commanders. He was born into an era of poor leaders and brutality and took advantage of the exceptional education he received from Aristotle among others. He lead his army 11,000 miles, founded over 70 cities and created an empire that stretched across 3 continents and covered around 2 million square miles. He emerged victorious over the course of 13 years of battles from which was forged one of the largest empires the world has ever seen. While both
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