The Legacy of Alexander the Great: Background information when reading The Golden Mean

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The Golden Mean

by Annabel Lyon

The Golden Mean
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    Sep 2010, 304 pages
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The Legacy of Alexander the Great

Alexander III of Macedon (356–323 BC), popularly known as Alexander the Great, was one of history's most successful military commanders.  He is reputed to have never lost a battle, and his tactics are still studied in military academies.  He successfully challenged the Persian Empire, the largest, most powerful kingdom of the time, and conquered its vast territory after a series of battles and the death of the emperor, Darius III.  By the time he died at the age of 32, Alexander had seized an immense amount of land stretching from Greece and the Balkans to parts of India and Afghanistan, as well as Egypt (map).

Alexander's most enduring legacy, however, lies in spreading Greek culture and civilization to the places he conquered.  While his empire would collapse shortly after his death, Alexander ushered in what is known today as the Hellenic Age, where Greek (mainly Athenian) language, ideas, and people traveled to lands in the East formerly ...

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