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History 6, Review Lesson 21 – Alexander the Great

Alexander was an amazing king, he made a name for himself, conquered all the known empires at the time, never lost a military battle, made Macedon rich, and showed his intellect at the age of 10!


Alexander was born in 356 BC. When he was 10 he mounted a skiddish horse that was afraid of its shadow; he turned the horse around so it couldn’t see its shadow and mounted it with ease.


In 336 BC, Alexander’s father was assassinated and became king. In that same year he started his conquests. He first went to attack Greece and then move on to Asia Minor through the Hellespont. His first successful siege battle was in Halicarnassus, in Asia Minor. The empires that Alexander conquered were looted and left with a trusted general to rule over the empire. The loot was sent back to Macedon;  this made Macedon quite rich.


Alexander gained the title “the Great” because he never lost a military battle. Impressive, huh?


In 323 BC Alexander died at age 32, we are not sure what caused his death.  He was sick with Malaria or Yellow Fever a few weeks before his death; some believe it could have been failed assassination. It happened  so often in Macedon it was like a tradition.


Author: sophiaelahirpc

Part-time 10th Grade student in the Ron Paul Curriculum. Full-time teen writer living in Singapore.

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