Alexander the Great

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Zach Hernandez
Alexander the Great
When observing the qualities of a person, usually what are taken in account are that person’s actions. Alexander the Great, possibly one of the greatest war generals/kings of all time, was a gifted young man for his tactical strategies for battle. Through his victories and successes, he conquered a majority of the world. Plutarch writes a biography on Alexander, in which he includes his own views, which may or may not agree with other historians (though Plutarch’s accuracy may not be considered 100% seeing as he was alive a very long time after the king of Macedonia was dead), about Alexander: he was strong, confident, and audacious.

One view is of strength, which ties hand in hand to ability to lead. During times whenever Philip, Alexander’s father, could not represent the authoritative position, due to being away at war, Alexander stepped into that role. Being in that role opened up his ability to lead and showed what kind of authority he could demonstrate. For example, “during this time he defeated the Maedi who had risen in revolt, captured their city, drove out its barbarous inhabitants, established a colony of Greeks assembled of various regions and named it Alexandroupolis” (Plutarch, part 1, sec 9). Stopping threats while his father was away proved that he had potential. Also, other views were his confidence and audacity. According to Plutarch, Alexander set out to do the unthinkable and tame a horse that his own father had deemed “wild and quite unmanageable.” Alexander claimed that “they don’t know how to handle him,” thus meaning that he could actually do it (part 1 sec 4). Alexander succeeded in taming the horse and showed his confidence in this bold risk. Plutarch uses few, though there are many, possible events to show the character of Alexander as a boy and as a man to establish his point of view on Alexander the Great.
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