Alexander the Great by Demi

By Demi

Born a prince of Macedonia in 356 BCE, Alexander the good turned one of many maximum army leaders of all time. He conquered the full Persian Empire, defeating King Darius III 4 instances. He invaded India, defeating a seven-foot-tall Indian king and increasing the bounds of his empire into such a lot of Asia. Brutal in his force for energy, Alexander maintained supremacy by way of forcing his squaddies to marry the foreigners that they conquered. He accrued a big fortune via plundering the riches of his enemies and married overseas princesses, considered one of them King Darius III's daughter. by the point of his dying at age thirty-two, Alexander had conquered lots of the identified historical Greek global, a outstanding fulfillment in just twelve years.Demi's storytelling abilities deliver Alexander the Great's exploits to lifestyles. Her perfect illustrations have been painted with chinese language inks and gold overlays and with frames encouraged through jewels from the tomb of Philip II of Macedonia at Verghina. An Author's notice describing Demi's learn and resource fabric is integrated.

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Now Alexander was not only a great conqueror, he was also very rich from the spoils he had gained from all his victories. 37 King Darius III, meanwhile, had taken refuge in the gold and silver palace in Ecbatana. Determined to win back land and power, Darius III created a new army of 33,000 soldiers, but many of his men deserted him. As Darius III rode beyond the Caspian Gates, Alexander and his army pursued him. Darius III could not keep his troops together, and entire units deserted to join Alexander’s army.

52 He ordered a mass wedding between the Macedonians and Persians. Ten thousand Macedonian soldiers married Persian commoners. One hundred officers married Persian nobles, many of them against their will. 53 Alexander planned next to invade Arabia, Carthage, and Rome. In 324 BCE, he built a fleet of ships strong enough to conquer all the seas of the world and dominate the trade routes. 54 But his plans were interrupted when his dearest friend, Hephaestion, honored above all others, died. Alexander was so overwhelmed with sadness that he cut off his hair and the manes and tails of all his horses to show his grief.

The general murdered Darius III and proclaimed himself the new great king, only later to be hunted down and defeated by Alexander. 38 Alexander found the body of Darius III and carried it back to Persepolis. He buried his old enemy in the traditional Persian style. 39 Alexander recruited Persian troops for his army because he believed that if he forged a close alliance between the Macedonians and the Persians, he could better hold onto the empire he now ruled. He began to adopt the customs of the Persian courts, placing a crown on his own head and wearing the great robes of the Persian kings.

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