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Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great was brought into this world in the year 356 BC. He died on tenth June, 323 BC, a little more than a month from his thirty-third birthday.1 He was born to King Philip, the King of Macedon and Olympias, the daughter of King Neoptlemus of Epirus.2 King Philip had concern about Alexander’s education so he summoned the Greek philosopher and scientist, Aristotle, to act as his tutor.3 Aristotle, one of the world’s greatest thinkers, inspired Alexander with an interest in philosophy, medicine, and scientific investigation.4 He also taught him secret and more obscure studies which philosophers did not impart to the general run of students but only by word of mouth to a select circle.5 In Alexander’s youth he was young ambitious and romantic with a genius for military strategy and tactics.6 He reigned as king from the time he was twenty. Alexander had conquered most of the world he knew to exist by the time he was thirty and came to be seen as a living god.7 He was considered to be one of the greatest military thinkers of all time. One of his most decisive and successful battle for the Persian Empire was the battle of Gaugamela.
Alexander the Great sought to control all of Persia and had previously declined an offer from Darius to split the Persian Empire between the two.8 Alexander came to Guagamela to lead the final battle between Alexander and Darius III of Persia; this epic battle would determine the fate of the Persian Empire.9 Darius prepared a battleground on the Plain of Gaugamela, and posted his troops to await Alexander’s advance. Darius had the terrain of the prospective battlefield smoothed level so that his many chariots could operate with maximum effectiveness against the Macedonians.10 His total forces greatly outnumbered those of Alexander, whose forces amounted to about 40,000 infantry and 7,000…...

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