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Unformatted text preview: The daughter of Oxyartes, Roxane, was widely considered the most beautiful woman in Asia, and Alexander took her as his wife. Most historians agree that he likely did not care for Roxane much more than he did for any other woman who was not his mother, but he hoped his gesture would generate goodwill among the barons of the Far East and cause the campaign to be concluded more smoothly. Indeed, one baron submitted on Oxyartes' recommendation, and the other two were defeated soon after. Alexander's experience in the Far East was a significant period in his career. He founded a number of cities in the area in order to maintain his authority. But while the purpose of these cities was military, they also contributed to the spread of Greek culture to new lands. Alexander's experience of Asia also changed him personally. Whether because he gained a respect for Persian abilities or simply because he had indulged in...
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