Alexander the great was a Macedonian king who was one of the most successful. And fearless conquerors and by his 30s he conquered all the world well-known at the time, added them to the map of Greeks in fifteen years. And created a very powerful and huge empire by uniting Europe and Asia. Alexander was a genius of military strategy and even nowadays military academics round the world still teach his tactics.
But Alexander wasn’t simply a good ruler or a successful conqueror. It’s not commonly well-known that Alexander, first of all, was a awfully bright person, with plenty of skills and principles. Indeed, it appears that many of our modern life rulers should learn lots of things from Alexander because he was describe even by Persians as a “man whose virtues raised him higher than human nature.”
8 Interesting Facts About Alexander The Great :-
He had a serious crush on his horse
When Alexander was 10, a merchant came to see King Philip. He offered to sell the horse to the king. But when people tried to mount the horse, it fought, refusing to be mounted. Philip, a busy King, ordered the horse away. However, Alexander asked to tame the horse, properly thinking that the horse was afraid of its own shadow. Eventually, he succeeded, Philip bought the horse for him, and Alexander named it Bucephalas, that means “ox-head”. When the horse died (of old age at 30 years old), Alexander named a town after him – Bucephala.
He learned from Aristotle
Yes, that Aristotle. When Alexander turned 13, his father looked for a lecturer for young Alexander. In return for his services, Philip rebuilt Aristotle’s town Stageira (which Philip had destroyed) and repopulate it by buying back all the people who used to live there, however had sold as slaves.
The first thing he did in power was repel an invasion and found a city…named after himself
When Alexander was 16, his father left for war against Byzantion and left his son in charge. The Thracian Mahdi revolted against Macedonia. And Alexander reacted quickly, driving the Mahdi from their territory and filling the world with Greeks in a town that he called Alexandropolis.
He was generous to the families of the fallen
Alexander rewarded his own fallen soldiers families with immunity from taxation and obligation for public service. Alexander also erected statues and honored the fallen soldiers of his enemies.
After invading Persia, he picked up some Persian habits
While invading Persia, Alexander began a policy of adding the native Persians to his existing army. However, this was not the only pro-Persian change he made. He also took the Persian title of “King of kings,” began dressing in the Persian fashion and began having his subordinates either kiss his hand or prostrate themselves on the ground before him. To the Greeks, these were troubling signs, especially making his subordinates prostrate themselves before him. To the Greeks, this was sacrilegious as a person was only supposed to prostrate themselves before a god.
He may have been poisoned
Alexander’s death is shrouded in argument. Accounts differ, but they either say that Alexander fell ill with a fever or had a sharp pain after drinking undiluted wine, before falling to weakness and dying. Several historians, given that Macedonians often died due to poison, possibly fingering a recently removed Macedonian viceroy named Antipater.
Alexander took power at age 20, and it had been not easy
King Philip was dead in 336 B.C. at his daughter’s wedding. Shortly after, Alexander was named the king. This led to several people dying. These included threats to his power (three Macedonian princes who might have contested his claim), his mother-in-law Cleopatra and half-sister Europa (his mother Olympia had them burned to death) and the leader of Macedonia’s advance guard into Asia, who was considering defecting to Athens. Beyond those specific deaths, many city-states, on hearing of Philip’s death, took the chance to rebel, forcing Alexander to retake each.
His relationship with his father was…complicated
King Philip wasn’t a really good father. He was typically away at war, leaving young Alexander behind in Macedonia. Things seemed to look up when Alexander helped his father defeat the combined armies of Athens and Thebes. However, after his father united Greece (except for Sparta), he remarried a lady named Cleopatra Eurydice, ousting Alexander’s mother Olympia, and by extension, him. Ought to Philip have had a son with Cleopatra, that kid would are a additional legitimate heir than Alexander. He and his mother were force to escape Macedonia until a family friend reunited father and son.
Alexander the Great’s legacy lives to the present day and holds a profound impact on modern day historians. The Macedonians saw an unprecedented scale of unification and expansion during his rule – a campaign that started by his father and truly enacted by him. Not only did he expand his empire to then furthest known purpose in Asia, he was additionally responsible in spreading the Greek culture to an incredibly vast part of the world. And not to forget, Alexander undoubtedly was one of the best tactician and military mind to have ever lived. It was his tricks and training that molded an already experienced army into a skilled killing machine. His battlefield tactics as a general stay an issue of research for the modern day counterparts at present.