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Researchers have found that film is an incredibly powerful tool forteaching children about the past which can greatly increase historicalknowledge However it is so powerful that if the facts are wrongchildren are more likely to believe them even if they are told otherwiseby text books or teachers Many filmmakers working on historical filmsfind it necessary to change the facts a little Maybe they fudge thetimeline or combine a few real people into one character and changecharacters These sort of changes are a forgivable way to make a storymore interesting and fun Other times however filmmakers alter historyin such a way that people often come away with a completely inaccuratepicture which they take as true The movie Alexander by Oliver Stonethe filmmaker distorted history in many different ways To know how hedistorted history we first have to know about the main characterAlexanderAlexander III the Great is considered one of the greatest leader andconqueror of all times Alexander was born on July 20 356 BCE inPella the capital of Macedon on the northern borders of theGreek-speaking world He was the son of Olympia and of Philip II Kingof Macedon Alexander the Great opened a new era in the history of theworld He learned how to gain a military power and win victory on thebattlefields from his father Philip II and leaned rhetoricliterature science medicine and philosophy from the great philosopherAristotle These teaching from the great men of the history madeAlexander III the great king of all times by conquering the PersianEmpire and several smaller kingdoms in the process He became a king atthe age of 18 and conquered the Western world at the age of 29 andextended his empire form Greece to Asia Minor Egypt Persia andnorthwestern India and died in 32 Alexander the Great influenced somuch through the Greek history and changed the world in economicpolitical and cultural waysOne story of his life is told in the movie Alexander which was filmedin 2004
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