The Most Brilliant and Successful Military Commander

The Most Brilliant and Successful Military Commander

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Alexander the Great

356-323 BC

Alexander the III king of Macedon or more commonly know as Alexander the great is considered to be one of most brilliant and successful military commanders in history. Under his leadership, intuition and compassion His army are rumored to have never lost a single battle, marched more than 32,ooo km, defeated armies with much greater numbers, killed over 2oo,ooo enemy soldiers and 25o,ooo civilians and in little more than a decade he unified the divided and warring city states of Greece, Conquered the lands of turkey, Syria, Egypt and swept through the eastern plains of Mesopotamia (Iraq, Kuwait), Persia (Iran), Afghanistan, and India all fell under Alexander’s passion for glory and in the process acquired total control of what was then known as the “civilized world”, societies with great cultural advances and achievements in art ,religion ,philosophy ,science ,trade and agriculture.

Early life

Born on July 26th 356 be at Pella in Macedonia, he was the son of king Phillip II of Macedon, he was a hard-drinker, he also had a reputation for toughness and was much admired for skills as a warrior and a general. On the other hand there was Olympians Alexander’s mother who was the princess of Epirus much like his husband she also had quite a temper and a reputation, she frequently took part in mystical ceremonies and had a vast collection of pet snakes.

Not much else is known about Alexander’s early days other than he would have done what any ancient Greek boy would have done like learning to wrestle, hunt and fight also as he was growing up he would have heard about the gods worshipped in Greece and plenty of Greek myths and legends. While Alexander was growing up king Phillip had much greater ambitions on turning Macedonia from a relatively unimportant part of Greece into a military superpower, he did this by playing up the cultural differences and sibling rivalry between...

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