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Slide 1 - Alexander the Great
Slide 2 - Outline Introduction Part I. His life a. His family b. Accession to the throne Part II. His conquests a. His empire b. Administration of the empire Conclusion References
Slide 3 - Introduction Alexander one of the greatest military geniuses He ascended to the Macedonian throne and reestablished his position in Greece Campaign against the Persians Greeted as a deliverer in Egypt, he founded the city of Alexandria and became pharaoh As a statesman and ruler he had grandiose plans but the order was largely nullified by his death
Slide 4 - Part I. His life Alexander the Great (356-323 BC)
Slide 5 - a. His family Alexander, born in Pella, the ancient capital of Macedonia Son of Philip II, king of Macedonia, and of Olympias, a princess of Epirus Aristotle was Alexander's tutor; training in rhetoric and literature and stimulated his interest in science, medicine, and philosophy Alexander read and learned the Iliad, taking Achilles as his role model Died at the age of 33, without designating a successor His best friend Hephaestion died eight months before him; Alexander's horse, Bucephalus
Slide 6 - b. Accession to the throne In 336 BC, King Philip was assassinated Alexander ascended to the Macedonian throne Surrounded by enemies at home and threatened by rebellion abroad Execution of his enemies, restored Macedonian rule in Thessalia Reestablished his position in Greece and was elected by a congress of states at Corinth
Slide 7 - Part II. His conquests Alexander's Empire at its height
Slide 8 - a. His empire In 335 BC, Alexander campaigned toward the Danube, to secure Macedonia's northern frontier In the fall of 335 BC, Alexander marched up to Thebes He took the city by storm and razed it Alexander's promptness in crushing the revolt of Thebes brought the other Greek states into submission Alexander began his war against Persia in the spring of 334 BC by crossing the Hellespont with an army of 35,000 Macedonian and Greek troops After the battle all the states of Asia Minor submitted to him King Darius III of Persia fled, abandoning his mother, wife, and children
Slide 9 - b. Administration of the empire In 332 he city of Alexandria, Egypt, which later became the literary, scientific, and commercial center of the Greek world In 331, Alexander made a pilgrimage to the great temple and oracle of Amon-Ra He governed as a pharaoh, not just like a Greek leader Considered to be the richest man in history His domain, from Europe to India, from Greece to Egypt When he died in 323 BC, the throne of Egypt fell to Ptolemy I, a veteran soldier and trusted commander He started the Ptolemaic Dynasty, which lasted 300 years Brave and generous, Alexander could be cruel and ruthless when politics demanded
Slide 10 - Conclusion Alexander founded a number of cities, most of them named Alexandria, well located, well paved, and provided with good water supplies Young men, traders, merchants, and scholars were attracted to them; Greek culture was introduced Alexander vastly extended the influence of Greek civilization and prepared the way for the kingdoms of the Hellenistic period and the conquests of the Roman Empire
Slide 11 - References