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Running head: ALEXANDER THE GREAT1Alexander the Great: Conquests and LegacyName of studentName of University
ALEXANDER THE GREAT2Alexander the Great: Conquests and LegacyOver a short period of approximately twelve years, Alexander the Great, arguably one of history’s finest rulers conquered much of the known world. Alexander built a vast empire that stretched from the east of the Indus River to the west of River Nile[Cum04]. At the height of his empire, Alexander ruled Egypt, Persia, and most of the modern-day Middle East. The successor of King Phillip II of Macedonia, Alexander’s conquests in India, Egypt, and Persia introduced the Hellenistic civilization and left behind a legacy evident in the artwork, governance structures,and even names these places. ConquestsAlexander’s first campaign saw him venture into Asia Minor in the Persian Empire then under the rule of the Great King, Darius III[Gre13]. Here, Alexander faced little resistance since the armies he encountered were not under the King’s personal command. Consequently, Alexander easily won key battles such as those at Issus and the Granicus River and took control of most of Asia Minor’s western half by the spring of 334\335[Han07].