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Wikipedia Summary for Alexander the Great

Alexander III of Macedon (Greek: Αλέξανδρος, Aléxandros; 20/21 July 356 BC – 10/11 June 323 BC), commonly known as Alexander the Great, was a king of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon. A member of the Argead dynasty, he was born in Pella—a city in Ancient Greece—in 356 BC. He succeeded his father King Philip II to the throne at the age of 20, and spent most of his ruling years conducting a lengthy military campaign throughout Western Asia and Northeastern Africa. By the age of thirty, he had created one of the largest empires in history, stretching from Greece to northwestern India. He was undefeated in battle and is widely considered one of history's most successful military commanders.

During his youth, Alexander was tutored by Aristotle until the age of 16. His father Philip was assassinated in 336 BC at his sister's wedding, and Alexander assumed the throne to the Kingdom of Macedon. After sacking the city of Thebes, Alexander was awarded the generalship of Greece. He used his authority to launch his father's pan-Hellenic project, which involved him assuming the leadership position to all the Greeks in their conquest of Persia.

In 334 BC he invaded the Achaemenid Empire (Persian Empire) and began a series of campaigns that lasted 10 years. Following his conquest of Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey), Alexander broke the power of Persia in a series of decisive battles, including those at Issus and Gaugamela.

He subsequently overthrew King Darius III and conquered the Achaemenid Empire in its entirety. At that point, his empire stretched from the Adriatic Sea to the Beas River. Alexander endeavored to reach the "ends of the world and the Great Outer Sea" and invaded India in 326 BC, achieving an important victory over King Porus and his dynasty (Pauravas) at the Battle of the Hydaspes. He eventually turned back at the demand of his homesick troops, dying in Babylon in 323 BC; the city he planned to establish as his capital. He did not manage to execute a series of planned campaigns that would have begun with an invasion of Arabia. In the years following his death, a series of civil wars tore his empire apart.

Alexander's legacy includes the cultural diffusion and syncretism which his conquests engendered, such as Greco-Buddhism. He founded some twenty cities that bore his name, most notably Alexandria in Egypt. Alexander's settlement of Greek colonists and the resulting spread of Greek culture resulted in a new Hellenistic civilization, aspects of which were still evident in the traditions of the Byzantine Empire in the mid-15th century AD and the presence of Greek speakers in central and far eastern Anatolia until the Greek genocide and the population exchange in the 1920s.

Alexander became legendary as a classical hero in the mould of Achilles, featuring prominently in the history and mythic traditions of both Greek and non-Greek cultures. His military achievements and enduring, unprecedented success in battle make him the measure with which many modern military leaders compare themselves. Military academies throughout the world still teach his tactics. He is often ranked among the most influential people in human history.

Quote: There is nothing impossible to him who will try. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of woman in black shirt standing on yellow flower field during daytime
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There is nothing impossible to him who will try.


Quote: I do not pilfer victory. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

I do not pilfer victory.


Quote: There is something noble in hearing myself ill spoken of, when I am doing well. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

There is something noble in hearing myself ill spoken of, when I am doing well.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

There is something noble in hearing myself ill spoken of, when I am doing well;.


Quote: There are no more worlds to conquer! by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

There are no more worlds to conquer!




Quote: Sex and sleep alone make me conscious that I am mortal. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

Sex and sleep alone make me conscious that I am mortal.


Quote: Remember, upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all. -- Alexander the Great. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

Remember, upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all. -- Alexander the Great.


Quote: For my part, I think that to a man of spirit there is no other aim and end of his labours except the labours themselves. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

For my part, I think that to a man of spirit there is no other aim and end of his labours except the labours themselves.


Quote: When we give someone our time, we actually give a portion of our life that we will never take back. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

When we give someone our time, we actually give a portion of our life that we will never take back.


Quote: Each moment free from fear makes a man immortal. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

Each moment free from fear makes a man immortal.


Quote: Glory crowns the deeds of those who expose themselves to toils and dangers. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

Glory crowns the deeds of those who expose themselves to toils and dangers.


Quote: O Athenians, what toil do I undergo to please you! by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

O Athenians, what toil do I undergo to please you!


Quote: I consider not what Parmenio should receive, but what Alexander should give. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

I consider not what Parmenio should receive, but what Alexander should give.


Quote: Shall I pass by and leave you lying there because of the expedition you led against Greece, or shall I set you up again because of your magnanimity and your virtues in other respects? by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

Shall I pass by and leave you lying there because of the expedition you led against Greece, or shall I set you up again because of your magnanimity and your virtues in other respects?


Quote: Are you still to learn that the end and perfection of our victories is to avoid the vices and infirmities of those whom we subdue? by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

Are you still to learn that the end and perfection of our victories is to avoid the vices and infirmities of those whom we subdue?


Quote: We of Macedon for generations past have been trained in the hard school of danger and war. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

We of Macedon for generations past have been trained in the hard school of danger and war.


Quote: As for a limit to one's labors, I, for one, do not recognize any for a high-minded man, except that the labors themselves should lead to noble accomplishments. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

As for a limit to one's labors, I, for one, do not recognize any for a high-minded man, except that the labors themselves should lead to noble accomplishments.


Quote: The end and object of conquest is to avoid doing the same thing as the conquered. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

The end and object of conquest is to avoid doing the same thing as the conquered.


Quote: But truly, if I were not Alexander, I would be Diogenes. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

But truly, if I were not Alexander, I would be Diogenes.


Quote: On their side more men are standing, on ours more will fight! by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

On their side more men are standing, on ours more will fight!


Quote: Toil and risk are the price of glory, but it is a lovely thing to live with courage and die leaving an everlasting fame. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

Toil and risk are the price of glory, but it is a lovely thing to live with courage and die leaving an everlasting fame.


Quote: Without Knowledge, Skill cannot be focused. Without Skill, Strength cannot be brought to bear and without Strength, Knowledge may not be applied. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

Without Knowledge, Skill cannot be focused. Without Skill, Strength cannot be brought to bear and without Strength, Knowledge may not be applied.


Quote: With the right attitude, self imposed limitations vanish. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

With the right attitude, self imposed limitations vanish.


Quote: I would rather live a short life of glory than a long one of obscurity. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

I would rather live a short life of glory than a long one of obscurity.


Quote: In the end, when it's over, all that matters is what you've done. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

In the end, when it's over, all that matters is what you've done.


Quote: I do not steal victory. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

I do not steal victory.


Quote: I foresee a great funeral contest over me. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

I foresee a great funeral contest over me.


Quote: Through every generation of the human race there has been a constant war, a war with fear. Those who have the courage to conquer it are made free and those who are conquered by it are made to suffer until they have the courage to defeat it, or death takes them. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

Through every generation of the human race there has been a constant war, a war with fear. Those who have the courage to conquer it are made free and those who are conquered by it are made to suffer until they have the courage to defeat it, or death takes them.


Quote: I wish that the Indians believed me a god, for upon the report of an enemy's valor oftentimes depends the success of a battle, and false reports have many times done as great things as true courage and resolution. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

I wish that the Indians believed me a god, for upon the report of an enemy's valor oftentimes depends the success of a battle, and false reports have many times done as great things as true courage and resolution.


Quote: Shall I, that have destroyed my Preservers, return home? by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

Shall I, that have destroyed my Preservers, return home?


Quote: His father is governor of Media, and though he has the greatest command given him of all the rest of my generals, he still covetously desires more, and my being without issue spurs him on to this wicked design. But Philotas takes wrong measures. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

His father is governor of Media, and though he has the greatest command given him of all the rest of my generals, he still covetously desires more, and my being without issue spurs him on to this wicked design. But Philotas takes wrong measures.


Quote: For my own part, I would rather excel in knowledge of the highest secrets of philosophy than in arms. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

For my own part, I would rather excel in knowledge of the highest secrets of philosophy than in arms.


Quote: How should a man be capable of grooming his own horse, or of furbishing his own spear and helmet, if he allows himself to become unaccustomed to tending even his own person, which is his most treasured belonging? by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

How should a man be capable of grooming his own horse, or of furbishing his own spear and helmet, if he allows himself to become unaccustomed to tending even his own person, which is his most treasured belonging?


Quote: Whatever possession we gain by our sword cannot be sure or lasting, but the love gained by kindness and moderation is certain and durable. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

Whatever possession we gain by our sword cannot be sure or lasting, but the love gained by kindness and moderation is certain and durable.


Quote: You shall, I question not, find a way to the top if you diligently seek for it; for nature hath placed nothing so high that it is out of the reach of industry and valor. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

You shall, I question not, find a way to the top if you diligently seek for it; for nature hath placed nothing so high that it is out of the reach of industry and valor.


Quote: How happy had it been for me had I been slain in the battle. It had been far more noble to have died the victim of the enemy than fall a sacrifice to the rage of my friends. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

How happy had it been for me had I been slain in the battle. It had been far more noble to have died the victim of the enemy than fall a sacrifice to the rage of my friends.


Quote: I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.


Quote: A tomb now suffices him for whom the whole world was not sufficient. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

A tomb now suffices him for whom the whole world was not sufficient.


Quote: How great are the dangers I face to win a good name in Athens. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

How great are the dangers I face to win a good name in Athens.


Quote: I am dying from the treatment of too many physicians. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

I am dying from the treatment of too many physicians.


Quote: Heaven cannot brook two suns, nor earth two masters. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

Heaven cannot brook two suns, nor earth two masters.


Quote: Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all. by author Alexander the Great overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander the Great with quote

Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.


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