Plutarch tells about an important episode in Alexander’s life. What characteristics is it intended to show? The story tells of Alexander taking over cities creating a giant empire. However, he did it with compassion and was a great leader. His goal was to unite as much of the known world as possible under his jurisdiction. His characteristics were compassion, care, love, and so much more.

What, in Plutarch’s opinion, makes a “great man”? Is Alexander great? In Plutarch’s opinion, a great man is someone who changes the world forever. Is Alexander great? YES! He united a lot of the world, his military strategies are still used today, he is a good influence on most people, so yes, he is a great man.