Was Alexander the Great more than a conqeror?

Jan 2019
1
United States
#1
Did Alexander the Great do more than just conqueror many empires? I keep finding sources on his battles and conquests and nothing else. If he was just a successful militaristic leader what made him so successful? If you can help me with finding sources it would be much appreciated! Thanks!
 

Chlodio

Ad Honorem
Aug 2016
3,517
Dispargum
#3
He tried to build an empire that would outlive him, but he died so young that he never had the chance to erect permanent institutions. His empire fell apart almost immediately upon his death so historians have little to write about in this regard. Most books about Alexander talk about his efforts to govern his conquests - who he appointed as regional governors, his diplomacy, his politics, etc.
 
Sep 2016
804
Georgia
#6
He tried to build an empire that would outlive him, but he died so young that he never had the chance to erect permanent institutions. His empire fell apart almost immediately upon his death so historians have little to write about in this regard.
It didn't fall apart almost immediately after his death.

There are plenty of articles and works by scholars that discuss various projects of Alexander during his conquest and his policy.
 
Sep 2016
804
Georgia
#8
^ When did it fall apart?
It would be either 309 BC or 306 BC. Alexander IV and Roxana were killed in 309 BC. Antigonus declared himself King in 306 BC and his son Demetrius as well, after victory over Ptolemy forces at Salamis and capture of Cyprus. Ptolemy, Cassander, Lysimachus and Seleucus soon followed.

Though, you can also point out 316 BC. Since this was the year Eumenes was finally defeated by Antigonus, Polyperchon driven out of Macedon and Olympias + Alexander IV captured by Cassander. However, Antigonus than fought Cassander and other Diadochi in the name of Alexander IV. Antigonus demanded from Cassander to free their king and give Regency to him.

So, I would probably choose 309 BC or 306 BC.
 
Jan 2015
3,440
Australia
#10
Like someone said; use the search feature. Obviously more than a mere conqueror, though not the universally talented polymath type of a Caesar, etc. His talents were much more singular (war, war, diplomacy, more war), though he seems to have been visionary in some regards as his attempt to achieve unity between disparate peoples shows. Alexander's Empire may have collapsed, but the different Kingdoms ruled by his generals persisted long afterwards.
 

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