Despite Alexander

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Despite Alexander's expectations of an ambush, Babylon readily surrendered to him. He  rested his army there for over a month, indulging in the city's luxury. Before leaving,  Alexander surprised many by reinstating Mazaeus as the satrap–a surprise since the  general had battled against Alexander just a month before. There were practical  reasons for Alexander's decision, as he wanted to win the support of Iranians in  neighboring states. The decision also reflects Alexander's vision for the empire, which  included cooperation and the peaceful incorporation of the Persians. Again, the Macedonians proceeded to win over city by city, including the very  prosperous Susa, usually without a fight. Alexander then set his sights on Persis, and in  particular its capital Persepolis, one of the most venerated Persian cities, whose loss  would be devastating to Darius. At the entrance to Persis, Alexander faced an 
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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.

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