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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Alexander the Great

Weapons stayed the same until the time of Alexander the Great. Only sixteen when he began commanding armies, he mangaes to conquer most of the known world.

So effective were his campaings that Alexander believed himself to be a god like hero, certain of achieving god hood in the after life.

After conqering Persia, he was criticized for adopting Persian customes thus " orientalizing" the Greek armies.

At age 23, Alexander was on his death bed. With no heir to inherit his empire, history says his last words were " to the stronger". This brought three of Alexander's generals in bloody conflict for domination. These generals may have shared the desire for power, but none posessed Alexander's skill at strategizing.

While they fought, Rome watched, waiting to pick off the last standing.

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