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Born to King Philip II & Queen Olympia, Alexander, eventually “the Great”, was bound to take everything a step forward sooner or later. His youth was influenced by his possessive mother since his father was often busy with his military campaigns. Leonidas & Aristotle gave the Macedonian prince the education he needed as a young boy & managed to spark his interest in science, philosophy, politics, and literature, which served as a foundation for his bright future. At the age of 12, not only did the prince tame the ferocious horse Bucephalus when no one could, but he also showed his father his skills when it came to horses. As a matter of fact, he would ride Bucephalus in all his major battles, together until the end.Eventually, King Philip finally had enough faith in his 16-year-old son to leave him in charge of the kingdom while he was away. Crisis arose & Alexander took advantage of this by defeating the Thracian tribe Maed, and then founded ‘Alexandropolis’, a city he named after himself. This became his first capital, but little did he know this would just be a mere speck in the vast empire he would conquer one day.After the sudden death of his father, Alexander became King of Macedon, the people, the army, and the struggles that came with it. Nevertheless, committed to training his army of devoted soldiers, Alexander was loved and appreciated by his followers very deeply. Not to mention the fact that he’d join them on the front lines during battles & held himself to the same level as them by eating the same food and wearing the same apparel, which boosted their confidence and motivated them to defeat their enemies even more. During his kingship, Alexander defeated countless rivals with the help of his brilliant ideas & strategies. This was the real reason he won so many battles; even when he was against a force much bigger than his. He quickly dealt with his enemies near Macedon and then set out to overthrow the Persian Empire, like his father dreamt of doing before his death. After conquering them, he knew he couldn’t lose against anyone now, so he went on to conquer Asia, a task that many people predicted someone would do one day, according to the prophecies associated with the Gordian Knot.Miles Doleac talks about how Alexander proved himself to be an iconic example for centuries to come. From uniting the Greek city-states, conquering an empire from Europe to what is now Pakistan, becoming the Pharaoh of Egypt, Babylon, Asia, and Persia to becoming the leader of the Corinthian League, Alexander definitely proved himself to be an iconic example for centuries to come & I think it’s safe to say that he was a force to be reckoned with. A heavily-detailed timeline of his life & death, “Alexander the Great: Conquerors and Combatants” shows how Alexander’s family life affected his decisions in life. Doleac explains how, despite so much of his life being written down, so much of it has been lost. The author emphasizes the fact that even though more than two millennia have passed since his demise, his life story & accomplishments still daze humans to this day. I think this book was historically accurate because it went according to what I had learned previously in class. As a matter of fact, many of his sources are part of ancient writings by people like Arrian, Diodorus, Herodotus, and Plutarch, many of which we have read in World History 1. I liked this book very much since it sort of reconstructed Alexander’s life, but in easier words, and with this in mind I would undoubtedly recommend it to students in the future. Not only because it’s a great example of a biography, but also because it familiarizes the reader with many significant characters that we already know about & the author seems to get very specific when it comes to the details of Alexander the Great’s battle strategies, which is very interesting to read about.

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