Unformatted text preview: Leading the defense of Halicarnassus was Memnon, the mercenary general whom Alexander faced at Granicus. Despite the implicit insult to the Persian nobility, Darius, the Persian king, had appointed Memnon as governor of the coastal regions of Asia Minor, as well as the admiral of the fleet. The Persians had some early successes, but the Macedonians gradually wore them down. The turning point came when the Persians launched a surprise offensive, which came close to overpowering the Macedonians until the veteran soldiers of the phalanx joined the battle. Again, superior discipline won out, as the Macedonians gradually pushed the Persians back to their city. During the rush to their gates, the Persians were forced to shut out some of their own men in order to keep the Macedonians out of the city–some 1,000 fell in this manner. Though the Persian the Macedonians out of the city–some 1,000 fell in this manner....
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