Alexander the Great achievements

Aug 2012
321
Italy
Two questions I have on Alexander the Great and would be grateful for all inputs.

1- Why did Alexander wage war against Persia ?

2- what was his greatest achievement? I could think of Founding Alexandria city in Egypt which later became the greatest city or making the king of Persia fugitive?

I am making an educational video on him and see the following video to know the reason for asking the above questions:
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hJmVu8kD7I"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hJmVu8kD7I[/ame]

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[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUy5MmF4JK8"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUy5MmF4JK8[/ame]
 
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Salah

Forum Staff
Oct 2009
23,284
Maryland
In answer to your first question, Alexander used past Persian assaults on Greece and the murder of his father (supposedly funded by the Persian emperor) as justifications for his invasion.
 
Jul 2012
197
Toronto
To answer question 1, there are a bunch of reasons. His father planned the invasion of Persia, so he was pretty much carrying out plans his father made. Also, he was ambitious, the Persian Empire was far past its prime etc. It was just a good opportunity for some good old fashioned "glory".

For the second question, I guess the creation of the first Western world power, or as you suggested building Alexandria(s).
 
Aug 2012
321
Italy
To answer question 1, there are a bunch of reasons. His father planned the invasion of Persia, so he was pretty much carrying out plans his father made. Also, he was ambitious, the Persian Empire was far past its prime etc. It was just a good opportunity for some good old fashioned "glory".

For the second question, I guess the creation of the first Western world power, or as you suggested building Alexandria(s).
Thank you Gnaeus
 

okamido

Forum Staff
Jun 2009
29,885
land of Califia
Two questions I have on Alexander the Great and would be grateful for all inputs.

1- Why did Alexander wage war against Persia ?

2- what was his greatest achievement? I could think of Founding Alexandria city in Egypt which later became the greatest city or making the king of Persia fugitive?

I am making an educational video on him and see the following video to know the reason for asking the above questions:
Rise of Persia - YouTube

and


Mesopotamia - YouTube
Here is an older thread that might help as well.
http://www.historum.com/ancient-history/8965-why-alexander-great-great.html
 

Midas

Ad Honorem
Dec 2011
4,129
Scandinavia, Balkans, Anatolia, Hatay
Also, think that if he didn't attack, he would be attacked.