- Jul 2012
No, I did not mean you, I meant those ancient narrators/ historians who floated the idea of Alexander's supposed global conquest.I'm not so sure he was only out to conquer the Achaemenid Empire. The primary sources are pretty clear that the main reason Alexander turned home from the Indus is that his army mutinied, being tired of the endless campaigning and wanting to go home. Even when heading home Alexander did not give up on plans of further conquest. At the time of his death he was planning a war in Arabia. That was outside the Achaemenid Empire.
I did not intend to glorify Alexander as a world conqueror. I mentioned it as a way of illustrating Alexander's changing perceptions of the world. It's easy to conquer the world if the world is a relatively small place. As Alexander came to understand that the world was larger than he originally believed, he (or his army) gave up on the plan to conquer India and any places farther east.
Alexander's actions demonstrated his intentions better than any source.Can you cite a source that Alexander only wanted to conquer the Achaemenid Empire?
However, it is well established that Alexander simply continued with his father's plan to invade Persia.
There was no conceivable reason or context for undertaking a 'global conquest'.