Contributions of Ancient Greece – Alexander III the Great

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Cole Mills - World History
11/12/2012
Contributions of Ancient Greece – Alexander III the Great
Alexander III the Great, the King of Macedonia and conqueror of the Persian Empire is considered one of the greatest military geniuses of all times. Alexander was born in 356 BC in Pella, the ancient capital of Macedonia. He was son of Phillip II, King of Macedonia. He spent his childhood watching his father make Macedon a great military power, winning victory after victory on the battlefields. When Alexander was 13, his dad hired the Greek philosopher Aristotle to be his personal tutor.  For three years Aristotle taught Alexander about literature and got him interested in science, medicine, and philosophy. Phillip II left his 16 year old son, Alexander, the power to rule Macedonia in his absence while he went to battle. The Thracian tribe of Maedi rebelled and was a danger to the Macedonia, so Alexander put an army together and defeated the Maedi. Two years later Alexander destroyed the Greek army. At the age of 16 Alexander proved he was able to rule his country. Alexander was a great general, but he contributed to today’s society also. His main goal was one world, one people, one ruler. He wanted people to freely trade, travel, and live wherever they want to. He wanted to combine the best and the worst of all the cultures and create one nationality where everybody is equal. He created a common system of currency for the entire kingdom. The western world became almost a single place. It was brought together by a common culture that shows in our language, literature, and education today. The Greek language was a tool that Alexander the Great used to bring the Greek territories together. Although he was Macedonian, the main culture of his region was Greek. Alexander spoke Greek and Greek was the culture and language of business and government. When he conquered a new area, he was concerned with ruling it and making it part of the empire. His managers would...
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