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Unformatted text preview: Though Alexander's illness was officially attributed to a fever aggravated by heavy drinking, the possibility that he was poisoned has been raised. The suspects are Aristotle and Antipater, both of whom had reason to fear Alexander's retribution for various disloyalties, and both of whom also disliked his favorable treatment of the Persians. Aristotle possessed the knowledge to make the poison and Antipater the means to administer it. Though the poisoning theory will likely never be proven with certainty, most scholars regard it as a strong possibility. With Alexander's death came the gradual dismantling of the empire, which had no chance of enduring without his leadership. In his thirty-two years he had assembled one of the greatest military records in history. His brilliance as a tactician demonstrated itself time after time, as he systematically conquered a significant portion of Asia one piece at...
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- Fall '08