Webster's New World Dictionary defines greatness as being extraordinary or far above the average.In the case of Alexander the Great, the term is a perfect fit.Alexander was much more than just a king.He was responsible for the spread of Greek culture throughout Asia, and he helped liberate the civilized people from the barbarian tyrants of Persia, thus aiding in the growth of civilization as we know it.Alexander was not just a conqueror, however.He was also known for his philosophical thinking.His accomplishments have helped to shape the world as we know it today.This paper is meant to describe the life of Alexander the Great as well as detail his accomplishments both on and off the battlefield.
Alexander was born on or around July 20, 356B.C.It is believed that he was fair skinned with a reddish tint in his face and chest.He enjoyed drama, the flute, the lyre, poetry, and hunting.Unfortunately, he also had a great fondness for liquor that caused some of his outbursts of rage.What Alexander truly wanted in life was honor and bravery, rather than easy living and wealth.
Even as a young boy, Alexander showed great potential for excellence.His parents, Philip and Olympias, arranged for his education while he was still young.Alexander'sfirst teacher was Leonidas, who may have been Olypmias' uncle, was a strict disciplinarian.Alexander probably inherited his frugal nature from Leonidas' teachings.After Leonidas, Lysimachus began tutoring Alexander.Lysimachus taught the young prince to play the lyre and gave him an appreciation for music, drama, and poetry.Alexander's parents wanted nothing but the best for him, so when Alexander was thirteen, they hired Aristotle from Athens to be the boy's personal tutor.Aristotle taught Alexander ethics, philosophy, politics, and medicine.Unfortunately, a disagreement on the status of foreigners resulted in the estrangement of the …

Who is "Great"? In history there are few people who can be termed "Great" and even fewer who deserve to be called so. Alexander, the son of King Phillip of the Macedonians, was one of these truly "Great" people. He not merely ruled the largest know empire, was declared a God, lead his troops in battle, and conquered foreign cities, hisfirst being at the age of sixteen, but he did it all within a thirteen year time period. Not only did he do all of this, but also it was done within thirteen years. When Alexander became the new King of Macedonia, many believed him to be to young to rule. They felt that he didn't have the experience needed to be their new leader. They had no way of knowing of the many things that he would come to accomplish in such a short time period. Alexander'sfirst great accomplishment occurred when he was just sixteen years old. At this time, his father went away to war leaving Alexander to serve as a regent of Macedon. During his father's absence, Alexander led an expedition to a wild region that is now known as modern day Bulgaria. Once there, he subdued the rebellious barbarians and established hisfirst city, Alexandropolis. On the return from his trip, King Philip was so impressed by his son's achievement that he appointed him a general in the royal army. (www.mrdowlings.com) When Alexander turned his attack towards Persia, his forces were much smaller than his opponent's. Alexander's army conquered Persia anyway, by winning a series of battles in which his troops were better trained and organized than the Persian army. His soldiers also admired Alexander because of his personal participation in the battles. He led his soldiers into battle instead of remaining behind the lines as was common for military leaders to do at that time. This allowed the troops to see that Alexander was sharing their danger, and was not asking them to take any risks he wo…