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In not more than 110 words, write a summary on the life of Alexander the Great.
 
It is written in history that Alexander the Great was born on July 20, 356 B.C. in the area known as Macedonia. He was the son of Philip and Olympias.

As the only son of a stern father, the boy Alexander was tutored by a very strict teacher, Leonidas. He proved to be a good student. He enjoyed and excelled in both his studies as well as outdoor activities. He appeared to enjoy drama and learned to play the flute and the lyre. He also liked poetry. The active young man also liked to ride and hunt.

At the age of 13, the Greek philosopher Aristotle became his personal tutor. Alexander now had lessons in philosophy, ethics, politics and healing.

There are many anecdotes about the young Alexander, including the famous one about how he learned to ride the rather wild horse, Bucephalus. Alexander very intelligently figured out that Bucephalus was afraid of his own shadow. By moving the horse so he could not see his shadow, Alexander was able to ride it.

When Alexander was 16 years old, Philip went to war with Byzantium. Alexander was made regent. Alexander himself became accomplished in battle. He soon brought the area of Macedonia under his control and established a city he called Alexandrapoulis. In 336, Alexander succeeded his father as king.

Alexander then began his battles with Persia. His nation was small compared to the mighty Persian army. He defeated King Darius in 331. His next step was to move to Babylon as the ruler of the Persian Empire. He married Roxana, a Bactrian princess. This was a decision he made because he liked the idea of a harmonious multi-racial society. Some of his generals disagreed with him because they felt that as an only son, it was his duty to marry a Macedonian. Alexander had more broad minded ideas, he had a vision of an empire governed by tolerance. He even adopted some of the culture and customs of the countries he conquered. Disagreements led to mutiny among his generals. Alexander succeeded in dousing those fires. By the age of 32, Alexander had conquered the world as it was then known. Unfortunately, he caught a fever and in spite of his youth and strength, he died at the age of 33.

History acknowledges him as one of the greatest generals who ever lived. He was one of the most powerful personalities of the ancient world.

 

Main Points
1 Alexander was born in 356 B.C. to Philip and Olympias of Macedonia.

2 Alexander had a strict father and tutor.

3 Alexander excelled both in and out of the classroom.
4 Alexander became regent at 16 and was very able in military skills too.

5 Alexander became a king and fought with Persia.

6 Alexander defeated the mighty Darius in 331 B.C.

7 Moved to Babylon and married Roxana, a Bactrian princess.

8 Alexander believed in a multi-racial society and tolerance.

9 By the age of 32, he had practically conquered the world.

10 Alexander caught a fever and died.

 
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Answer
 
Alexander the Great was born around 356 B.C in Macedonia, the son of King Philip and Olympias. He had a strict but good education. He excelled academically and in the sports field. At 16, Alexander was made regent. He was an excellent military leader and initiated war with the Persian King, Darius. Alexander won. He was broad-minded. He married a Persian princess. He encouraged multi-racialism. He adopted foreign ideas he admired. His generals did not share his ideas and ambitions. They rebelled but he defeated them. By the age of 32, Alexander had already conquered `the world' as it was then known. Unfortunately, he became ill with fever and died. (110 words)
     
 
 

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