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In history there are few people who can be termed Great and even fewer who deserve to be called so Alexander the son of King Phillip of the Macedonians was one of these truly Great people He not merely ruled the largest know empire was declared a God lead his troops in battle and conquered foreign cities his first being at the age of sixteen but he did it all within a thirteen year time periodNot only did he do all of this but also it was done within thirteen years When Alexander became the new King of Macedonia many believed him to be to young to rule They felt that he didnt have the experience needed to be their new leader They had no way of knowing of the many things that he would come to accomplish in such a short time periodAlexanders first great accomplishment occurred when he was just sixteen years old At this time his father went away to war leaving Alexander to serve as a regent of Macedon During his fathers absence Alexander led an expedition to a wild region that is now known as modern day Bulgaria Once there he subdued the rebellious barbarians and established his first city Alexandropolis On the return from his trip King Philip was so impressed by his sons achievement that he appointed him a general in the royal army wwwmrdowlingscom When Alexander turned his attack towards Persia his forces were much smaller than his opponents Alexanders army conquered Persia anyway by winning a series of battles in which his troops were better trained and organized than the Persian army His soldiers also admired Alexander because of his personal participation in the battles He led his soldiers into battle instead of remaining behind the lines as was common for military leaders to do at that time This allowed the troops to see that Alexander was sharing their danger and was not asking them to
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