ALEXANDER THE GREAT


You are looking at an artist’s impression of one of the histories most famous people.

Alexander III of Macedon was born in Pella in 356 BC. He was the son of Philip II of Macedon - a legend in his own right.

Alexander was tutored by none other than Aristotle and after the assassination of his father, he inherited a vast kingdom and a battle-hardened army at age 20.

He spent the next 10 years of his life marauding across the world on an unprecedented military campaign.

It was during this time that Alexander swept through Egypt and drove the Persian Empire out of North Africa.

In 332 BC he liberated Egypt and founded one of the most famous cities in all world history - Alexandria, named after himself of course. The city was the intellectual and cultural centre of the ancient Mediterranean world for much of the Hellenistic age and late antiquity.

He was now Pharaoh of Egypt.

In 323 BC Alexander died. There are varying accounts on how he met his end. Some say assassination by poison, others say he drank himself to death by drinking copious amounts of unmixed wine in honour of Heracles. It could have been Malaria or even Typhoid Fever.

Others say that after a decade of battle, his bad diet, heavy drinking and general weakness caused by battle wounds all contributed to his death.

He was 32 years old. And undefeated in battle.

Putting things simply - he was the greatest military commander of all time.

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