Alexander was the son of Philip II and was born in 356 B.C. Alexander had lots of courage and ambition. He demonstrated this by taming a great war horse which Philip gave to Alexander as a gift for taming the horse which he named Bucephalus. Alexander schooled and the famous philosopher Aristotle was his teacher. Homer was Alexander’s favorite author. In fact, he loved him so much he carried a copy of the Iliad with him on his conquests in his later years. Alexander was 20 years old when he became king. He was given the name “The Great”, because he never lost a battle.

   He began his conquests in 336 B.C. Alexander eventually conquered Greece and after conquering Greece, he turned to conquer Asia next. The first successful siege completed by Alexander was in Halicarnassus. He even fulfilled the prophecy of the Gordian knot. The Gordian knot is a knot that is almost impossible to untie, but Alexander untied the knot by slicing the knot with a sword, and when he was done, there were only tiny pieces, but the knot was not there, so he became the ruler of Asia. Alexander did not destroy Jerusalem, because a Greek king would conquer Jerusalem so Jerusalem was spared. Alexander then turned to defeat King Darius III and died in 330 B.C. He was killed by his own men who rebelled against him. Alexander kept calling for more troops from his home regions made them weakened over time.

   Alexander died in 323 B.C. and was a great man who had a great Empire. I wish I could be like him.