His troops misunderstood his intention and mutinied at the town of Opis. [79], Alexander advanced on Egypt in later 332 BC, where he was regarded as a liberator. He colonized it with Greeks, and founded a city named Alexandropolis. Author of. [175], During his final years, and especially after the death of Hephaestion, Alexander began to exhibit signs of megalomania and paranoia. In the spring of 335 BC, he advanced to suppress several revolts. He founded some twenty cities that bore his name, most notably Alexandria in Egypt. [15] Alexander was raised in the manner of noble Macedonian youths, learning to read, play the lyre, ride, fight, and hunt. In popular culture, the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden included a song titled "Alexander the Great" on their 1986 album Somewhere in Time. [268] His court historian Callisthenes portrayed the sea in Cilicia as drawing back from him in proskynesis. [73] He offered a peace treaty that included the lands he had already lost, and a ransom of 10,000 talents for his family. [184] Alexander also recognized the potential for disunity among his diverse army, which employed various languages and weapons. [259] The emperor Trajan also admired Alexander, as did Nero and Caracalla. This culminated in his aspiration to homogenize the populations of Asia and Europe. With the Athenians lost, the Thebans were surrounded. Later in his childhood, Alexander was tutored by the strict Leonidas, a relative of his mother, and by Lysimachus of Acarnania. [77], When Alexander destroyed Tyre, most of the towns on the route to Egypt quickly capitulated. The struggle turned into a Persian rout and Darius fled, leaving his family in Alexander’s hands; the women were treated with chivalrous care. [275] In the Shahnameh, Alexander's first journey is to Mecca to pray at the Kaaba. Alexander responded quickly, driving them from their territory. [249] Furthermore, town planning, education, local government, and art current in the Hellenistic period were all based on Classical Greek ideals, evolving into distinct new forms commonly grouped as Hellenistic. From Maracanda (modern Samarkand) Alexander advanced by way of Cyropolis to the Jaxartes (modern Syrdarya), the boundary of the Persian empire. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. [266][267], Legendary accounts surround the life of Alexander the Great, many deriving from his own lifetime, probably encouraged by Alexander himself. Left in charge of Macedonia in 340 during Philip’s attack on Byzantium, Alexander defeated the Maedi, a Thracian people. [19], Mieza was like a boarding school for Alexander and the children of Macedonian nobles, such as Ptolemy, Hephaistion, and Cassander. Moreover, that a very pleasant odour exhaled from his skin and that there was a fragrance about his mouth and all his flesh, so that his garments were filled with it, this we have read in the Memoirs of Aristoxenus. The following spring at Babylon he received complimentary embassies from the Libyans and from the Bruttians, Etruscans, and Lucanians of Italy; but the story that embassies also came from more distant peoples, such as Carthaginians, Celts, Iberians, and even Romans, is a later invention. Anaximenes, also accompanied him on his campaigns. On his reaching the oracle in its oasis, the priest gave him the traditional salutation of a pharaoh, as son of Amon; Alexander consulted the god on the success of his expedition but revealed the reply to no one. [135] In an attempt to craft a lasting harmony between his Macedonian and Persian subjects, Alexander held a mass marriage of his senior officers to Persian and other noblewomen at Susa, but few of those marriages seem to have lasted much beyond a year. [91] Plutarch recounts an anecdote in which Alexander pauses and talks to a fallen statue of Xerxes as if it were a live person: Shall I pass by and leave you lying there because of the expeditions you led against Greece, or shall I set you up again because of your magnanimity and your virtues in other respects? [274] In Egypt, Alexander was portrayed as the son of Nectanebo II, the last pharaoh before the Persian conquest. Some of the first and most influential figurative portrayals of the Buddha appeared at this time, perhaps modelled on Greek statues of Apollo in the Greco-Buddhist style. On the site of modern Leninabad (Khojent) on the Jaxartes, he founded a city, Alexandria Eschate, “the farthest.” Meanwhile, Spitamenes had raised all Sogdiana in revolt behind him, bringing in the Massagetai, a people of the Shaka confederacy. [31], As Philip marched south, his opponents blocked him near Chaeronea, Boeotia. One of the world’s greatest military generals, he created a vast empire that stretched from Macedonia to Egypt and from Greece to part of India. Darius fled the battle, causing his army to collapse, and left behind his wife, his two daughters, his mother Sisygambis, and a fabulous treasure. His mother had huge ambitions, and encouraged him to believe it was his destiny to conquer the Persian Empire. He also accepted the surrender of Darius’s Greek mercenaries. The Histories of Alexander the Great (Latin: Historiae Alexandri Magni) is the only ancient Latin biography of Alexander the Great. [51], Alexander stopped at Thermopylae, where he was recognized as the leader of the Amphictyonic League before heading south to Corinth. [126], As for the Macedonians, however, their struggle with Porus blunted their courage and stayed their further advance into India. Alexander the Great Mosaic When Alexander III inherited the throne of the Kingdom of Macedon upon the assassination of his father Philip II of Macedon there were already plans underway to begin a military incursion to first conquer the rest of Hellenistic Greece and then mount a resistance against the Achaemenid Empire . Alexander and his exploits were admired by many Romans, especially generals, who wanted to associate themselves with his achievements. During his youth, Alexander was tutored by Aristotle until age 16. This text underwent numerous expansions and revisions throughout Antiquity and the Middle Ages,[270] containing many dubious stories,[268] and was translated into numerous languages. Turning, Alexander found Darius drawn up along the Pinarus River. Craterus, a high-ranking officer, already had been sent off with the baggage and siege train, the elephants, and the sick and wounded, together with three battalions of the phalanx, by way of the Mulla Pass, Quetta, and Kandahar into the Helmand Valley; from there he was to march through Drangiana to rejoin the main army on the Amanis (modern Minab) River in Carmania. Possible causes include a drunken accident or deliberate revenge for the burning of the Acropolis of Athens during the Second Persian War by Xerxes;[90] Plutarch and Diodorus allege that Alexander's companion, the hetaera Thaïs, instigated and started the fire. In 336, however, on Philip’s assassination, Alexander, acclaimed by the army, succeeded without opposition. [147][149] There was even a suggestion that Aristotle may have participated. In June Alexander fought his last great battle on the left bank of the Hydaspes. [106][238] The first, and greatest, was Alexandria in Egypt, which would become one of the leading Mediterranean cities. Leaving Parmenio in Syria, Alexander advanced south without opposition until he reached Gaza on its high mound; there bitter resistance halted him for two months, and he sustained a serious shoulder wound during a sortie. [21][24][25][26] This gave the Macedonian court a good knowledge of Persian issues, and may even have influenced some of the innovations in the management of the Macedonian state. Gaugamela would be the final and decisive encounter between the two. [138] Back in Babylon, Alexander planned a series of new campaigns, beginning with an invasion of Arabia, but he would not have a chance to realize them, as he died shortly after Hephaestion. He founded more than twenty cities bearing his name. According to Curtius, "Not only did Alexander slaughter the entire population of Massaga, but also did he reduce its buildings to rubble. While he could be ruthless and impulsive, Alexander was also charismatic and sensible. [86], From Babylon, Alexander went to Susa, one of the Achaemenid capitals, and captured its treasury. There, his closest friend and possible lover, Hephaestion, died of illness or poisoning. But in pitched battle the striking force was the cavalry, and the core of the army, should the issue still remain undecided after the cavalry charge, was the infantry phalanx, 9,000 strong, armed with 13-foot spears and shields, and the 3,000 men of the royal battalions, the hypaspists. Local opposition led Nearchus to set sail in September (325), and he was held up for three weeks until he could pick up the northeast monsoon in late October. In November 332 he reached Egypt. An incident that occurred at Maracanda widened the breach between Alexander and many of his Macedonians. He overcame this by being personally involved in battle,[89] in the manner of a Macedonian king. He found that his treasurer, Harpalus, evidently fearing punishment for peculation, had absconded with 6,000 mercenaries and 5,000 talents to Greece; arrested in Athens, he escaped and later was murdered in Crete. By the time of his death at thirty-two, he ruled the largest Western empire of the ancient world. He was born in 356 bce at Pella in Macedonia, the son of Philip II and Olympias (daughter of King Neoptolemus of Epirus). Was Alexander The Great the most important man that ever lived in the history of mankind? Crossing the Elburz Mountains to the Caspian, he seized Zadracarta in Hyrcania and received the submission of a group of satraps and Persian notables, some of whom he confirmed in their offices; in a diversion westward, perhaps to modern Āmol, he reduced the Mardi, a mountain people who inhabited the Elburz Mountains. [109], When Alexander set out for Asia, he left his general Antipater, an experienced military and political leader and part of Philip II's "Old Guard", in charge of Macedon. He then stormed the pass of the Persian Gates (in the modern Zagros Mountains) which had been blocked by a Persian army under Ariobarzanes and then hurried to Persepolis before its garrison could loot the treasury.[87]. When Philip heard of this, he stopped the negotiations and scolded Alexander for wishing to marry the daughter of a Carian, explaining that he wanted a better bride for him. In reply to a letter from Darius offering peace, Alexander replied arrogantly, recapitulating the historic wrongs of Greece and demanding unconditional surrender to himself as lord of Asia. After this, details on the fate of the tomb are hazy.[165]. [58], While Alexander campaigned north, the Thebans and Athenians rebelled once again. [84] Darius once more fled the field, and Alexander chased him as far as Arbela. [190], Alexander's legacy extended beyond his military conquests. [118] Alexander was impressed by Porus' bravery, and made him an ally. On the Hyphasis he erected 12 altars to the 12 Olympian gods, and on the Hydaspes he built a fleet of 800 to 1,000 ships. Instead, they supported Alexander's half-brother Philip Arrhidaeus. We’re constantly expanding this list of Alexander the Great historical sites and you can view the current selection below. Written by bass player Steve Harris, the song retells Alexander's life. [278] His defeat of Darius was depicted as Egypt's salvation, "proving" Egypt was still ruled by an Egyptian. Reprinted by Canon Press, these biographies have been edited and brought up-to-date for readers twelve and up. Alexander the Great conquers Persia. Rise of Rome. However, Alexander met with resistance at Gaza. The earliest of these is Diodorus Siculus (1st century BC), followed by Quintus Curtius Rufus (mid-to-late 1st century AD), Arrian (1st to 2nd century AD), the biographer Plutarch (1st to 2nd century AD), and finally Justin, whose work dated as late as the 4th century. Alexander eventually agreed and turned south, marching along the Indus. Updates? The Ptolemaic dynasty survived until the death of Cleopatra VII in 30 BCE, at which point Egypt was conquered by the Romans. [40] Philip exiled four of Alexander's friends, Harpalus, Nearchus, Ptolemy and Erigyius, and had the Corinthians bring Thessalus to him in chains. [130], Discovering that many of his satraps and military governors had misbehaved in his absence, Alexander executed several of them as examples on his way to Susa. [10] Although Philip had seven or eight wives, Olympias was his principal wife for some time, likely because she gave birth to Alexander. Macedonian laughter caused the experiment to founder, and Alexander abandoned it. [106][238] However, a century or so after Alexander's death, many of the Alexandrias were thriving, with elaborate public buildings and substantial populations that included both Greek and local peoples. Alexander's will called for military expansion into the southern and western Mediterranean, monumental constructions, and the intermixing of Eastern and Western populations. Apelles, however, in painting him as wielder of the thunder-bolt, did not reproduce his complexion, but made it too dark and swarthy. After the assassination of Perdiccas in 321 BC, Macedonian unity collapsed, and 40 years of war between "The Successors" (Diadochi) ensued before the Hellenistic world settled into four stable power blocs: Ptolemaic Egypt, Seleucid Mesopotamia and Central Asia, Attalid Anatolia, and Antigonid Macedon. Several examples of capitals displaying Ionic influences can be seen as far as Patna, especially with the Pataliputra capital, dated to the 3rd century BC. [69] In the following year, 332 BC, he was forced to attack Tyre, which he captured after a long and difficult siege. [192] Lysippos had often used the contrapposto sculptural scheme to portray Alexander and other characters such as Apoxyomenos, Hermes and Eros. Shortly afterward, at Bactra, he attempted to impose the Persian court ceremonial, involving prostration (proskynesis), on the Greeks and Macedonians too, but to them this custom, habitual for Persians entering the king’s presence, implied an act of worship and was intolerable before a human. [133] Meanwhile, upon his return to Persia, Alexander learned that guards of the tomb of Cyrus the Great in Pasargadae had desecrated it, and swiftly executed them. The Greek cities on the western coast of Anatolia revolted until the news arrived that Philip had been murdered and had been succeeded by his young son Alexander. Sometime after the wedding, Philip is said to have seen himself, in a dream, securing his wife's womb with a seal engraved with a lion's image. Representatives of the cities of Greece also came, garlanded as befitted Alexander’s divine status. [91] Curtius claims that Alexander did not regret his decision until the next morning. [81] Henceforth, Alexander often referred to Zeus-Ammon as his true father, and after his death, currency depicted him adorned with the Horns of Ammon as a symbol of his divinity. [264][265], Arrian wrote that Aristobulus said that the Icarus island (modern Failaka Island) in the Persian Gulf had this name because Alexander ordered the island to be named like this, after the Icarus island in the Aegean Sea. The Companion cavalry was reorganized in two sections, each containing four squadrons (now known as hipparchies); one group was commanded by Alexander’s oldest friend, Hephaestion, the other by Cleitus, an older man. [274], The figure of Dhul-Qarnayn (literally "the Two-Horned One") mentioned in the Quran is believed by scholars to be based on later legends of Alexander. [199] He had great self-restraint in "pleasures of the body", in contrast with his lack of self-control with alcohol. [99] He claimed that, while dying, Darius had named him as his successor to the Achaemenid throne. At the time of his death, Alexander's empire covered some 5,200,000 km2 (2,000,000 sq mi),[235] and was the largest state of its time. Few rulers throughout history, if any, can compare to Alexander the Great in terms of his military mind, warrior leadership and campaign of conquest. [164], While Alexander's funeral cortege was on its way to Macedon, Ptolemy seized it and took it temporarily to Memphis. [271], Alexander features prominently in modern Greek folklore, more so than any other ancient figure. Philip waged war against Byzantion, leaving Alexander in charge as regent and heir apparent. [27], At the age of 16, Alexander's education under Aristotle ended. Alexander was emboldened to divide his forces, and Ambhi assisted Hephaestion and Perdiccas in constructing a bridge over the Indus where it bends at Hund,[115] supplied their troops with provisions, and received Alexander himself, and his whole army, in his capital city of Taxila, with every demonstration of friendship and the most liberal hospitality. Alexander and Diogenes (Credit: Getty Images) Alexander’s father, Philip II of Macedon, hired Aristotle, one of history’s greatest philosophers,, to educate the 13-year-old prince. As Mazaeus’s appointment indicated, Alexander’s views on the empire were changing. It took Alexander until the autumn of 328 to crush the most determined opponent he encountered in his campaigns. [224] The Roman era writer Athenaeus says, based on the scholar Dicaearchus, who was Alexander's contemporary, that the king "was quite excessively keen on boys", and that Alexander kissed the eunuch Bagoas in public. All three of these people had motive to have Philip murdered. Alexander the Great leading his forces against the retreating Persian army led by Darius III at the Battle of Issus in 333. Pausanias writes that Alexander wanted to dig the Mimas mountain (today at the Karaburun area), but he didn't succeed. [236], The eastern borders of Alexander's empire began to collapse even during his lifetime. In the first authoritative biography of Alexander the Great written for a general audience in a generation, classicist and historian Philip Freeman tells the remarkable life of the great conqueror. [54], Before crossing to Asia, Alexander wanted to safeguard his northern borders. [40] Alexander reacted by sending an actor, Thessalus of Corinth, to tell Pixodarus that he should not offer his daughter's hand to an illegitimate son, but instead to Alexander. [138][190][222] Hephaestion's death devastated Alexander. In July 331 Alexander was at Thapsacus on the Euphrates. At the age of 14, … [197][201] However, he had little interest in sports or the Olympic games (unlike his father), seeking only the Homeric ideals of honour (timê) and glory (kudos). For those peculiarities which many of his successors and friends afterwards tried to imitate, namely, the poise of the neck, which was bent slightly to the left, and the melting glance of his eyes, this artist has accurately observed. [254] For example, Greek astronomical instruments dating to the 3rd century BC were found in the Greco-Bactrian city of Ai Khanoum in modern-day Afghanistan,[255] while the Greek concept of a spherical earth surrounded by the spheres of planets eventually supplanted the long-standing Indian cosmological belief of a disc consisting of four continents grouped around a central mountain (Mount Meru) like the petals of a flower. Born in 356 BC, in Mesopotamia (modern day Greece), to king Phillip II, Alexander followed in his father’s footsteps and achieved success as a young warrior. In his short life span he had conquered many empires and thus he was considered as one of the greatest military geniuses to have ever lived. Rathbone Professor Emeritus of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology, University of Liverpool. [45][47][50], News of Philip's death roused many states into revolt, including Thebes, Athens, Thessaly, and the Thracian tribes north of Macedon. The Theban resistance was ineffective, and Alexander razed the city and divided its territory between the other Boeotian cities. Most infamously, Alexander personally killed the man who had saved his life at Granicus, Cleitus the Black, during a violent drunken altercation at Maracanda (modern day Samarkand in Uzbekistan), in which Cleitus accused Alexander of several judgmental mistakes and most especially, of having forgotten the Macedonian ways in favour of a corrupt oriental lifestyle. On entering Persepolis, Alexander allowed his troops to loot the city for several days. The Athenians, led by Demosthenes, voted to seek alliance with Thebes against Macedonia. At length, at the Amanis, he was rejoined by Nearchus and the fleet, which also had suffered losses. "[53] At Corinth, Alexander took the title of Hegemon ("leader") and, like Philip, was appointed commander for the coming war against Persia. In 14 days Alexander marched 240 miles from Pelion (near modern Korçë, Albania) in Illyria to Thebes. [88] Alexander stayed in Persepolis for five months. [240][241] An inscription from the temple, now housed in the British Museum, declares: "King Alexander dedicated [this temple] to Athena Polias. Ancient commentators were divided about whether the ambitious Olympias promulgated the story of Alexander's divine parentage, variously claiming that she had told Alexander, or that she dismissed the suggestion as impious. The provinces became independent kingdoms, and the generals, following Antigonus’s lead in 306, took the title of king. This campaign, initially against Bessus, turned into a grand tour of central Asia. In spring 326, crossing the Indus near Attock, Alexander entered Taxila, whose ruler, Taxiles, furnished elephants and troops in return for aid against his rival Porus, who ruled the lands between the Hydaspes (modern Jhelum) and the Acesines (modern Chenāb). [144][175], Perdiccas initially did not claim power, instead suggesting that Roxane's baby would be king, if male; with himself, Craterus, Leonnatus, and Antipater as guardians. Greek astronomical treatise) and Paulisa Siddhanta texts depict the influence of Greek astronomical ideas on Indian astronomy. [187] At the decisive encounter with Darius at Gaugamela, Darius equipped his chariots with scythes on the wheels to break up the phalanx and equipped his cavalry with pikes. [263] In addition, Pliny the Elder writes about this unsuccessful plan adding that the distance was 12 kilometres (7 1⁄2 mi), and the purpose was to cut a canal through the isthmus, so as to connect the Caystrian and Hermaean bays. The advance was successful and broke Darius' center, causing the latter to flee once again. Ten thousand veterans were now sent back to Macedonia with gifts, and the crisis was surmounted. [78] After three unsuccessful assaults, the stronghold fell, but not before Alexander had received a serious shoulder wound. [71] According to the story, Alexander proclaimed that it did not matter how the knot was undone and hacked it apart with his sword. He thereupon prepared to use all methods of siegecraft to take it, but the Tyrians resisted, holding out for seven months. [186] Alexander personally led the charge in the center, routing the opposing army. [106] The cities' locations reflected trade routes as well as defensive positions. [29], Philip and his army joined his son in 338 BC, and they marched south through Thermopylae, taking it after stubborn resistance from its Theban garrison. Alexander had on several occasions encouraged favourable comparison of his own accomplishments with those of Dionysus or Heracles. [20], During his youth, Alexander was also acquainted with Persian exiles at the Macedonian court, who received the protection of Philip II for several years as they opposed Artaxerxes III. [38] During the wedding banquet, a drunken Attalus publicly prayed to the gods that the union would produce a legitimate heir. His official historian, Callisthenes of Olynthus, was implicated in the plot, and in the Anabasis of Alexander, Arrian states that Callisthenes and the pages were then tortured on the rack as punishment, and likely died soon after. His father was often away, conquering neighboring territories and putting down revolts. [60] The one exception was a call to arms by Spartan king Agis III in 331 BC, whom Antipater defeated and killed in the battle of Megalopolis. He spent the winter organizing Egypt, where he employed Egyptian governors, keeping the army under a separate Macedonian command. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. There was an open mutiny involving all but the royal bodyguard; but when Alexander dismissed his whole army and enrolled Persians instead, the opposition broke down. [105] The Greeks regarded the gesture as the province of deities and believed that Alexander meant to deify himself by requiring it. [178], Dissension and rivalry soon afflicted the Macedonians, however. 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Greek biographer Plutarch (c.  45 – c. 120 AD) describes Alexander's appearance as: The outward appearance of Alexander is best represented by the statues of him which Lysippus made, and it was by this artist alone that Alexander himself thought it fit that he should be modelled. The other Greek states were cowed by this severity, and Alexander could afford to treat Athens leniently. The campaign took Alexander through Media, Parthia, Aria (West Afghanistan), Drangiana, Arachosia (South and Central Afghanistan), Bactria (North and Central Afghanistan), and Scythia. Alexander was born around July 20, 356 B.C., in Pella, which was the administrative capital of Macedonia. From Pamphylia onwards the coast held no major ports and Alexander moved inland. Meanwhile, a rumour of his death had precipitated a revolt of Theban democrats; other Greek states favoured Thebes, and the Athenians, urged on by Demosthenes, voted help. Alexander’s march through Gedrosia proved disastrous; waterless desert and shortage of food and fuel caused great suffering, and many, especially women and children, perished in a sudden monsoon flood while encamped in a wadi. [281] In medieval Europe, Alexander the Great was revered as a member of the Nine Worthies, a group of heroes whose lives were believed to encapsulate all the ideal qualities of chivalry. He had a great desire for knowledge, a love for philosophy, and was an avid reader. This empire was called Macedonia, and when Alexander grew up, he inherited control of it. [169][170] However, more recently, it has been suggested that it may date from earlier than Abdalonymus' death. The people welcomed him as their deliverer, and the Persian satrap Mazaces wisely surrendered. He was inspiration for later conquerors such as Hannibal the Carthaginian, the Romans Pompey and Caesar, and Napoleon. 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