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Old February 19th, 2010, 09:23 PM   #1
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What if the mighty Alexander the GReat had lived to a ripe old age? Would he have eventualy conquered India? would he have spread into China, conquered his entire known world. Would his army end up on the shores og the america"s we all know his thirst fo conquest could not be slicked what do you think?
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Eventually his empire would be overstretched and rebellion would break out. In later years his priority would be maintaining order rather than conquering new lands
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Eventually his empire would be overstretched and rebellion would break out. In later years his priority would be maintaining order rather than conquering new lands
Agreed. The conquest of the Indian subcontinent alone would be a long, exhausting process - even before the inevitable revolts broke out.
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Did not Toynbee make an essay with that premise? I think it went something like this: Alexander lived to old age and was thus able to consolidate his empire so it would not break down when he died. Later on the empire needed better communications so some smart persons came upon the idea to combine Herons idea of a steam engine with the diolkos, a sort of railroad in stone used to drag ships over the Corintian isthmus. So soon trains, pulled by steam engines would traverse the whole realm of the Alexandrian empire.

As a footnote it is also told about a man sitting at the train station in Nasareth preaching his message, but people were so busy so noone had the time to listen.
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Did not Toynbee make an essay with that premise? I think it went something like this: Alexander lived to old age and was thus able to consolidate his empire so it would not break down when he died. Later on the empire needed better communications so some smart persons came upon the idea to combine Herons idea of a steam engine with the diolkos, a sort of railroad in stone used to drag ships over the Corintian isthmus. So soon trains, pulled by steam engines would traverse the whole realm of the Alexandrian empire.

As a footnote it is also told about a man sitting at the train station in Nasareth preaching his message, but people were so busy so noone had the time to listen.

I think that though Heron had the concept of harnessing steam, the construction of a functional steam engine would have had to await more advanced techniques of metallurgy, and machining before a truly practical one would have been feasible, at least on a large scale.


Edratman should comment on this as he is very good with manufacturing and machines and the like.

As to the Empire in general, I agree that it had reached its natural limit and likely rebellion and fragmentation would have been in store if there had been attempts to extend it further.

It is intriguing though that if Alexander had lived long and established a stable dynasty the whole Hellenistic period would have been altered and possibly the rise of Rome wouldn't have happened! Interesting indeed!
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Agreed. The conquest of the Indian subcontinent alone would be a long, exhausting process - even before the inevitable revolts broke out.
Agreed here too.
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Eventually his empire would be overstretched and rebellion would break out. In later years his priority would be maintaining order rather than conquering new lands
I agree. He would need many new soldiers to hold his empire - a lot more than he had at the time. Rebellion would have broken out and, like the Romans after him, would spend years trying to stamp out enemies invading.
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