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The average citizen with little experience in Mediterranean history may be able to correctly name but a few individuals who contributed significantly to the culture and histories of the area The most memorable include Aristotle Socrates and Plato for their contributions to academics and thought Pericles for his rebuilding of Athens and of course Alexander for his military conquests Alexanders brief reign as emperor over most of the civilized world had a lasting effect on the Mediterranean region for centuries The changes brought about by his campaigns became evident in various political social technological and economic trends It is the intention of this work to introduce briefly Alexanders conquests and investigate their effects on the Mediterranean world in the centuries following his death Alexander III was born to Philip of Macedon in 356 BC and his wife Olympias Alexander proved to be a protg of his father at a young age rumoured to have been receiving Persian envoys at court at the age of only six while his father was out inspecting his troops A firm believer in a high-quality Greek education Philip arranged for Alexanders tutelage under Aristotle under whom he learned the subjects of philosophy ethics and politics Alexander felt strongly for Aristotle as a role model later taking his nephew with him on his expeditions into Asia Alexander was tried as a regent at the young age of 16 while his father was putting down rebellions in the Byzantium region After his fathers death in 336 BC from assassination Alexander ascended to the Macedonian throne He was faced with a crumbling GreekMacedonian union which required speedy action to put down rebellions and restore order Alexander accomplished this in under a year A year after his ascension Alexander was forced to travel to eliminate further Persian threats forcing him north to the Danube River After this successful campaign he returned quickly to put down a Theban revolt He chose to crush
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