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Alexander the Great


  • Took the throne of Macedonia at age 20 upon father’s assassination (336 B.C.)

  • Military commander at age 16.

  • Invaded and conquered Asia Minor, Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Middle East, The Persian Empire, Afghanistan, Bactria, and invaded India. Highly motivated. Seldom satisfied.

  • Always rode at the front of his army to truly lead his men

  • Refused to eat or drink until his men were taken care of first


  • Never lost a major battle

  • Campaigned for ten consecutive years and covered 10,000 miles

  • Founded dozens of cities

  • Destroyed Persepolis in Persia, but honored a dead Persian king wrapping him in his own garment

  • One of history’s wealthiest individuals

  • Brought culture to millions of people but insisted that culture be Greek

  • Knew the names of 10,000 soldiers

  • Took few prisoners (killed many) due to the small size of his army

  • Referred to in the Holy Bible (Daniel 8:5-7)

  • Known to be extremely cruel to captured slaves in order to put down any thought of rebellion

  • Died under questionable circumstances in Babylon—possibly alcoholism


  • Shared men’s hardships; lived as soldier

  • Sometimes embarrassed his people by dressing in the clothing of defeated enemies

  • Often honored—rather than destroyed—the gods of other cultures

  • Killed a number of his closest advisors if they were suspected of plotting against him

  • Trained as a physician; treated innumerable soldiers

  • Disappointed his famous teacher because he was never satisfied or content with his accomplishments

  • Always deferred person medical treatment before others were tended

  • Promoted learning and culture across all the vast territory he conquered


Teachers: Aristotle of Athens
Skills: Earned titles:King of Kings’; Pharaoh; history’s greatest general; physician
Hobbies: Weapons, horses, natural history, geography; military tactics


Born: 356 B.C., Pella, Macedonia
Family: Three wives Parysatis (Persian princess), Stateira (oldest daughter of Persian King Darius III), and Roxane (Bactrian princess)
Hero: Achilles; Homer

Alexander the Great Prompt Name ____________________

Social Studies-7
List the good and bad things you have learned about Alexander the Great. You are going to decide if he was truly great or not. Remember, it’s not always the number of accomplishments or things a person does that identify them, but sometimes it’s how important the accomplishments are.

Positive things about Alexander Negative things about Alexander


Please use the information from the other side and write a draft of a short paper entitled: “Reflecting on Alexander the Great”. Cite 3 or more pieces of evidence and support your choices as you conclude whether or not he was a hero or was not a hero. Remember not to completely forget the evidence in the column you didn’t choose from.




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