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Unformatted text preview: Alexander wasted no time in beginning plans for a Persian invasion. The expedition was his legacy, Philip's lifelong dream. Circumstances left the great Persian empire vulnerable at this opportune moment. Alexander also had more practical reasons for hurrying the mission along: he had inherited a considerable debt from Philip, and his army was expensive to maintain. While Alexander did manage to get by through further loans and gifts, the wealth of the Persian empire offered the best long-term solution to his financial problems. The army that Alexander assembled was itself a marvelous achievement, described by modern military experts as technically and theoretically near-perfect. The land forces totaled almost 50,000, broken up into 43,000 infantry, 6,000 cavalry. Four main components made up the army: native Macedonian soldiers, troops delegated by cities...
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08