Aristotle served as Alexander

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Aristotle served as Alexander's tutor for three years. The education was for the most  part formal, consisting of standard subjects such as poetry and rhetoric. Homer  constituted a significant segment of their curriculum, as Aristotle attempted to inspire his  pupil with the model of the Greek hero. At the same time, Aristotle encouraged the  young prince in his hopes for Persian conquest. Aristotle's hatred for the Persians was  of course aggravated by the death of Hermeias, and he succeeded in fueling  Alexander's already strong anti-Persian sentiments. For Aristotle there was never any  doubt that Greece deserved to rule over other nations, for such foreign nations were  barbaric and fit for enslavement. Aristotle's lasting influence on Alexander may have  been negligible, however. It was on the issue of non-Greeks that student and teacher  would ultimately disagree, though the Persian invasion was long underway before 
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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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