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Alexander the Great

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Once Alexander gained control of [[Greece]], he decided to put into action his father’s plan of conquering Persia. Alexander thought that if he united the whole world through culture and intermarriage, there would be no reason for anyone to fight. To this end, he formed an army of thirty thousand foot soldiers, five thousand cavalry men, and engineers to build siege engines{{fact}}.
In four years Alexander conquered the Phoenician cities of [[Tyre]] and [[Sidon]], the countries of [[Canaan]] and [[Egypt]], the Persian cities of [[Susa]] and [[Persepolis]], and many other lands. Wherever he went, Alexander spread Greek language and culture. Finally when he reached the [[Indus River]], his homesick army decided that they would go no farther. So Alexander sadly withdraw from extending his military conquests and decided to set up a capital for his new empire in [[Babylon]]. He sought to bring about a blending of Greek and Persian cultures, even encouraging his men to take Persian wives. Tragically, in 323 B.C.EBC, after a period of very heavy drinking, Alexander died of fever after ruling . He had ruled in Babylon for only about a year. To what extent he could have continued to bring about a harmony of cultures is unknown. Failing to appoint a heir to carry on his legacy, his vast Empire broke apart into 4 major sections upon his death.
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