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Mr. Giesler Global Studies. Empire of Alexander the Great.

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1 Mr. Giesler Global Studies

2 Empire of Alexander the Great

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5 Who was Alexander the Great and why so great?  Alexander III ( BC), or Alexander the Great was Macedonian king and son of Philip II of Macedon  Born in Pella, Macedonia  Tutored by the Greek philosopher, Aristotle  His father, Philip, was king of Macedonia, and had conquered the Greek city states during his 27 year reign  In ten years, Alexander of Macedonia created the largest empire in the world up to that time  Alexander spread Greek culture, ensuring cultural diffusion and the survival of the qualities of classical Greece

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7  Philip was murdered in 336 B.C. by an assassin…maybe hired by his wife, Olympia…  Alexander was only 20 when he became king of Macedonia  Ruled Macedonia from B.C. and transformed it into a powerful military machine

8 Eyes on Persia  Philip intended to use Greece as a launching pad to invade Persia, but he was assassinated before he could begin his plan  Instead the invasion of Persia would be left for Philip’s son Alexander who was just 20 when Philip was assassinated  History suggests that Alexander inherited from his father the most perfectly organized, trained, and equipped army of ancient times.

9 Phalanx: ancient Greek expression to signify an organized, dense line of battle; the heavily armed infantry soldiers were known as hoplites.

10 Like Father, Like Son…Expanding the Empire  Alexander’s army of over 50,000 crossed at the Dardanelles into Asia, where he would declare that the whole of Asia would be won by the spear The army crossed the Dardanelles in spring 334

11 Warfare in the Age of Alexander Companions  Alexander’s elite cavalry, the offensive arm of his army, and his elite guard.  They would be used in conjunction with the phalanx. The phalanx would fix the enemy in place and then the companion cavalry would attack on the flank.  Alexander would lead the charge with his cavalry, normally in a wedge formation.  These troops would also protect the flanks of the Macedonian line during battle.

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13 Sieges involved the surrounding and blockading of a town or fortress by an army trying to capture it. A variety of weapons were built to hurl projectiles over city walls, scale or batter the walls, and transport soldiers over them.

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15 The Battle of Gaugamela

16 Defeating Darius III of Persia, 331BCE  Darius made sure that this battleground favored his army and its tactics particularly the use of his feared scythe-wheeled chariots.  Persian army of possibly 200,000 faced off against Alexander's 35,000.  Alexander immediately sized up the Persian's tactical advantage and countered by ordering his cavalry to shift to the right hoping to move his enemy away from its flat field.  Darius took the bait ordering his troops to follow.  Soon the Persians found themselves on rough, rock-strewn terrain.  Seeing the thinning Persian line, Alexander led the charge that crashed through to the Persian rear.  As at the battle of Issus, Darius fled, leaving the field and victory to Alexander  Darius was forced to flee, abandoning is mother, wife and children to Alexander

17 Defeating Darius III of Persia, 331BCE  Soon the Persians found themselves on rough, rock-strewn terrain.  Seeing the thinning Persian line, Alexander led the charge that crashed through to the Persian rear.  As at the battle of Issus, Darius fled, leaving the field and victory to Alexander  Darius was forced to flee, abandoning is mother, wife and children to Alexander

18 And Down Goes Tyre  Old city on the mainland was abandoned  Alexander offered peace treaty  Tyrians killed Alexander’s ambassadors…sent Alexander into a tizzy  New city built on an island two miles long and separated from the coast by a half mile channel  Walls were 150 feet high  Had two harbors (Sidonian and Egyptian)  Alexander originally had no ships so he built a land bridge across the channel

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20 Light Catapult Stone Thrower Battering Ram  Tyrians no match  7000 Dead Tyrians  400 Macedonians  Took 7 months  2000 crucified  30K sold into slavery

21  After Alexander died, his generals jockeyed for power and by 275 they had divided up his kingdom into three large states  Antigonus took Greece and Macedon  Ptolemy took Egypt  Seleuces took the former Achaemenid empire  The period of Alexander and his successors is called the Hellenistic period to reflect the broad influence of Greek culture beyond Greece’s borders Life after Alexander


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