Alexander the Great (356–323 BCE)

The influence of Alexander the Great on the ancient world is undeniable, as seen in his initiation of Hellenization and contact between diverse populations through imperial expansion. During Alexander's childhood and adolescence, he was taught by multiple tutors, the most notable of whom was Aristotle. Aristotle helped develop a deep respect for Greek civilization in the Macedonian Alexander. And though Alexander's conquests were principally driven by imperial glory, Alexander's desire to spread Greek culture was a major motivation as well. But this may have been an unintended side effect of imperial conquest, and the deep Greek cultural influence throughout the conquered territories needed time and influence to develop, which Alexander was unable to give because of his death at the early age of 32. ...

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