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Definition: Macedonian general whose conquests equaled the majority of the known world. He defeated the great Persian emperor Darius twice, in humiliating fashion, then took over the Persian Empire. He was welcomed as a conquering hero in Egypt, which he ruled by acclimation from his new capital of Alexandria. He led his troops thousands of miles from him, into the wilds of India. In the process, he brought Greek culture to the rest of the world. This was his lasting achievement. He achieved all this in less than 20 years. In fact, he died at age 33.

Related Resources:
The Life and Successes of Alexander the Great
Follow the young Macedonian king as he inherits his father's throne and dreams and conquers most of the known world.

The Legacy of Alexander the Great
What did Alexander leave for future generations? Why does what he did matter all these years later? Find out the answers to these and other important questions in this easy-to-understand article.

Ancient Greece
Learn more about the area as a whole.

Elsewhere on the Web:
Biography of Alexander
Read more detail about the famous young man.

Alexanderama
The largest list of Alexander links on the planet!

Plutarch's Life of Alexander
Read an ancient source's story of the great man.

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