Ruled Macedonia from 359-336 B. C. and transformed it into a powerful military machine


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Ruled Macedonia from 359-336 B.C. and transformed it into a powerful military machine

  • Ruled Macedonia from 359-336 B.C. and transformed it into a powerful military machine

  • Moved into northern Greece and met little resistance due to residual effects of Peloponnesian War

    • By 338 he had Greece under his control








Phillip II is assassinated in

  • Phillip II is assassinated in

  • 336 BCE

    • Alexander is crowned king
  • Phillip had prepared Alexander

  • well for kingship



Heavily influenced by Greek culture

  • Heavily influenced by Greek culture

    • Inspired by the stories of Achilles and Hercules.
    • Kept a dagger and a copy of the Iliad under his pillow.
    • Wanted his accomplishments to surpass those of Hercules.


  • Alexander moved quickly to fulfil his father’s dream – The conquest of the Persian Empire!



His army totaled 37,000 Greek and Macedonian men. 5,000 of which were cavalry.

  • His army totaled 37,000 Greek and Macedonian men. 5,000 of which were cavalry.

  • Darius III, king of Persia, called forth a massive multinational army to meet the invaders. Estimates range from 200,000 to one million soldiers





For the next three years, Alexander moves east and northeast.

  • For the next three years, Alexander moves east and northeast.

  • In 326 BCE, Alexander moves into India.

    • Series of a hard fought campaigns
    • Macedonians refuse to go any farther
  • Alexander’s army returned to Babylon, where he dies in June 323 BCE of wounds, fever, and too much alcohol.



Great Military Leader

  • Great Military Leader

    • Master of strategy and tactics
  • He was fearless

    • Led his men into battle
    • Willing to risk his own life
    • While in India, Alexander was the first to leap over a city wall in order to inspire his troops.




The Marriage of East & West

  • The Marriage of East & West

  • Alexander the Great ushered in the Hellenistic Age – A period where Greek influence could be found throughout the known world!



In 7-10 sentences, summarize Alexander the Great’s life. Be sure to use details!

  • In 7-10 sentences, summarize Alexander the Great’s life. Be sure to use details!

  • Be specific!!



Does Alexander really deserve the title “the great”?

  • Does Alexander really deserve the title “the great”?





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