Still occupied in Thrace, he ordered Alexander to muster an army for a campaign in southern Greece. Alexander even smelled great. He then laid siege to the heavily-fortified island of Tyre in January B. The stage was set, it was now clear Alexander would settle for nothing but the total conquest of Persia and Darius had his back against the wall, the final Great battle of the war was about to begin.
In reply to a letter from Darius offering peace, Alexander replied arrogantly, recapitulating the historic wrongs of Greece and demanding unconditional surrender to himself as lord of Asia.
In general, historians have had to deduce the truth by evaluating a variety of sources and stories. Alexander struggled to capture Sogdia, a region of the Persian Empire that remained loyal to Bessus.
Battle of Issus In B. How far the rigour that from now onward Alexander displayed against his governors represents exemplary punishment for gross maladministration during his absence and how far the elimination of men he had come to distrust as in the case of Philotas and Parmenio is debatable; but the ancient sources generally favourable to him comment adversely on his severity.
The other Greek states were cowed by this severity, and Alexander could afford to treat Athens leniently. As the story goes, Alexander took on the challenge but was unable to unravel the knot by hand. This army was to prove remarkable for its balanced combination of arms.
After several weeks, he took the town and entered Egypt where he established the city that still bears his name: To further diffuse the situation, Alexander returned their titles and hosted a huge reconciliation banquet.
All the more impressive since Alexander was doing his conquering in his 20s. Concerned that other Greek states might intervene, Alexander made it look as though he was preparing to attack Illyria instead. The people welcomed him as their deliverer, and the Persian satrap Mazaces wisely surrendered.
The exploits of the Ten Thousand, Greek soldiers of fortune, and of Agesilaus of Spartain successfully campaigning in Persian territory had revealed the vulnerability of the Persian empire. Alexander instructed his men to build a causeway to reach Tyre. During the ensuing Battle of ChaeroneaPhilip commanded the right wing and Alexander the left, accompanied by a group of Philip's trusted generals.
Alexander's Balkan campaign Before crossing to Asia, Alexander wanted to safeguard his northern borders. Philip waged war against Byzantionleaving Alexander in charge as regent and heir apparent.
Divided and with their god king dead the four kingdoms would be no match for the greatest civilization to ever set foot in the Mediterranean world, Rome. Before continuing his pursuit of Darius, who had retreated into Bactriahe assembled all the Persian treasure and entrusted it to Harpaluswho was to hold it at Ecbatana as chief treasurer.
After recovering, he divided his troops, sending half back to Persia and half to Gedrosia, a desolate area west of the Indus River. Philip then returned to Elatea, sending a final offer of peace to Athens and Thebes, who both rejected it.
Alexander put his vigor and bravery on display, and his cavalry decimated the Band of Thebes. He colonized it with Greeks, and founded a city named Alexandropolis.
Alexander, for his part, made many concessions and adaptations to the Persian way of life, including participation in religious rituals and marriage Persian women—which served only to worsen his unpopularity.
This so irritated Alexander, that throwing one of the cups at his head, "You villain," said he, "what, am I then a bastard? Shortly afterward, however, Callisthenes was held to be privy to a conspiracy among the royal pages and was executed or died in prison; accounts vary ; resentment of this action alienated sympathy from Alexander within the Peripatetic school of philosophers, with which Callisthenes had close connections.
But Alexander was the heart and soul of his empire and with his death the empire would collapse at the hands of greed, ambition, and the lust for power.
He found that his treasurer, Harpalusevidently fearing punishment for peculation, had absconded with 6, mercenaries and 5, talents to Greece; arrested in Athenshe escaped and later was murdered in Crete.Nov 09, · Watch video · Alexander the Great was an ancient Macedonian ruler and one of history’s greatest military minds who—as King of Macedonia and Persia—established the largest empire the ancient world had ever.
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Now some of you. Watch video · Early Life. Alexander the Great was born in the Pella region of the Ancient Greek kingdom of Macedonia on July 20, B.C., to parents King Philip II of Macedon and Queen Olympia, daughter of King Neoptolemus.
The young prince and his sister were raised in Pella's royal court.
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