"Alexander the Great" Illustration by Howard David Johnson

Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) conquered what was then believed to be the entire world. "When Alexander saw the breadth of his kingdom he wept, for there were no more new worlds to conquer." Although he did build the city of Alexandria with it's legendary lighthouse, one of the original seven wonders of the world, he was not himself a great builder or statesman like other notables of history. The real creator of this Legend is his father, Phillip of Macedonia. Just as a great playwright does not bask in the limelight, but the actors, so it was with Phillip and his son Alexander the Great.  Phillip conceived and planned everything, building the army and beginning the Persian expedition before his death. For a time the whole world, from the Adriatic to the Indus, was under one ruler; realizing the dreams of his father.  He and ninety of his generals and friends married Persian brides. This was called the marriage of Europe and Asia. At 31, he had been in possession of the Persian empire for six years and wore the robes and tiara of a Persian monarch. He broke with Greek tradition by shaving his face, becoming notoriously violent, vain, and egotistical in his last days. His career marks an epoch in human history and he remains a controversial figure to this day.

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