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Gaugamela

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Darius
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Definition: Famous battle in which Alexander defeated Darius for a third time, even though the Persian forces outnumbered the Macedonian forces by almost 5 to 1. Alexander's brilliant planning again saved the day. Among his winning strategies in this battle was to widen his flanks and allow the Persian charge to outflank his army, then charge hard toward the suddenly weak middle of the Persian line. The dangerous Persian cavalry and war chariots were no match for the sturdy Macedonian spearmen, and Darius again just barely escaped alive.

Related Resources:
Alexander the Great: Military History
He never lost a battle! Find out why.

Elsewhere on the Web:
Student Report on Gaugamela
Students just like you wrote this as part of their History Day project.

Biography of Alexander
See the ruins of the once great thinking place!

Alexanderama
The largest list of Alexander links on the planet!

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