ALEXANDER THE GREAT

ALEXANDER THE GREAT had ARISTOTLE as a tutor and, to teach him the art of war, the campaigns of his father Philip II against the Thracians and Illyrians.

He succeeded him in 336, at the age of 20. His life was marked by the formation of an empire, the realization of which would cost him his life at the age of 33. Empire that won’t outlive him.

After conquering the revolted peoples of Greece, Alexander initiated an expansionist policy at the expense of the Persians, conquering Egypt, where he founded Alexandria, and seized Babylon and Persepolis, which he burned.

He crossed the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, subjugated the Persians, and then embarked on the astonishing expedition that would take him beyond the Indus, into northern India, where his still-living memory nourished the legend.

Undermined by the illness and deprivations of his life as a soldier (some historians say he was murdered), ALEXANDER THE GREAT died in the city he dreamed of making Babylon the capital of his empire.

 

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