Alexander The Great

Madison Lucas and Amanda Hollingsworth

Establishing the Empire

Alexander's father, Philip II, planned his attack on on the Persian Empire, which did not settle well in Thebes. When Philip II was assassinated Alexander took over and continued the plan. Soon the people of Thebes attempted to start a rebellion which Alexander immediately ended. Soon after the end of the rebellion Alexander and his troops conquered Greece and then Persia. Persia empire stretched more than 2,000 miles from Egypt to India, which the Empire of Alexander inherited.

Egypt Accepts Alexander

When Alexander went to Egypt the people there welcomed as a savior. They believed that Alexander would have more respect for their religion and cultural traditions than the Persians. In 331 B.C.E Alexander left almost all of his fores behind and let the Egyptians lead him to a religious journey to the oasis Siwah to visit a prophet. He asked a more significant question of which was if he would indeed conquer the world, the answer was yes. Alexander laid the foundation for an important new city before he left, he chose a site northwest of the city of Memphis and named it after himself: Alexandria.

Hellenistic culture

Hellenism was used as a peacekeeping strategy in the empire. Hellenism blended four cultures: Greek, Indian, Egyptian, and Persian/ Mesopotamian. Alexander encouraged this culture by building temples and creating games. Some of the famous Greeks that lived during the Hellenistic Age were Pythagoras, Hippocrates, and Archimedes.

Alexander the Great and Hellenistic Ideals

Alexander the Great conquered many lands which gained him many people living in his empire. To keep peace between his people he used the Hellenistic strategy. Alexander was fascinated with the way they lived and ran their cities and villages, so he attempted to makeshift their ideas into his empire.