Alexander the Great

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Alexander the Great

  1. 1. Alexander the Great<br />From “Peoples and Empires”,by Anthony Pagden<br />Reviewed by Terry Onley<br />
  2. 2. Alexander’s empire was the largest the ancient world hadknown, although it only lasted from 336 – 323 B.C.<br />His vision was of universal empire, diverse cultures living together in peace…<br />
  3. 3. In order to achieve this, he put together the largest army ever to leaveGreek soil, armed with long pikes and advancing in phalanxes, whopunctured many people and thus brought peace to a large portion of the ancient world.<br />Especially the ones whowere punctured…<br />There were some 5,000 horsemen, too, who also did a fair bitof puncturing and whatnot.<br />
  4. 4. When confronted with the puzzle of the Gordian Knot,Alexander just drew his swordand cut the knot, thus creating an aura of divineapproval for his campaign of conquest…<br />Oops<br />Good thing he had sharpened his sword earlier that day;My, wouldn’t that have been embarrassing?!<br />
  5. 5. Alexander died in the spring of 323 B.C., apparently of acutealcoholism. His empire pretty much died withhim.<br /> The idea that such conquest and empire was possible did not, however.<br />His vision of empire lived on,as a model for many aspiring empire-builders to come…<br />
  6. 6. Sources:<br /><ul><li>Text, all slides: “Peoples and Empires” Anthony Pagden
  7. 7. Images, all slides: Google Images</li>

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