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Alexander The Great was one of the greatest emperors and leaders of the world In fact he was the only emperor to be called The Great He had studied under a great Greek Philosopher Aristotle who taught Alexander literature science medicine philosophy and to speak and write well Alexander was the son of Philip of Macedonia Philip became king of Macedonia in 359 BC but died in 336 BC He left his kingdom to Alexander Alexander ruled for only thirteen years but he succeeded far beyond what his father had planned After his fathers death in 336 BC Alexander became king of Macedonia He strengthened his claim of king by quickly stopping revolts by Athens which tried to break away from Macedonia by destroying the city of Thebes and by defeating neighboring lands for breaking away from his rule Alexander united Greece In 334 BC Alexander led his army into Persia and after defeating an army of Persians and Greeks he captured territories in Asia Minor In 332 BC Alexander first conquered Tyre Gaza and then Egypt in 327 BC In 331 BC Alexander defeated the main Persian army in Masopotamia When the Persian king Darius was killed by his own soldiers Alexander declared himself king of Persia Alexander was determined to conquer the whole world In 327 BC Alexander led his armies into India Soon after that the Macedonians refused to go further and wanted to return to their homes and families because they had been fighting for six years Reluctantly Alexander agreed to turn back He arrived in Babylon in 323 BC but shortly caught a fever and died He was not yet 33 years old Alexander the Great admired Athens and the Greek culture so he brought many Greek ideas to the non-Greek people of his empire He spread Greek civilization throughout wester Asia and opened the east to Greek
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