Alexander the Great

Of the many men in world history there has been one figure who stood above them all. One who is the most well-known and legendary on Earth. This man is no other than Alexander the Great. Tutored by the great philosopher, Aristotle. Conqueror of the seemingly unstoppable Persian empire. Alexander alone has accomplished many great feats in all recorded history. He was brave, arrogant, and overconfident in himself. He shares these same personal characteristics as the character Julius Caesar in William Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.
Alexander the Great was born in the city of Pella, which was the capitol of Macedonia. His father, King Philip II, was the King of Macedonia (Alexander). His mother, Olympias, was a princess of Epirus. Alexander was tutored by the great philosopher Aristotle, who had set down many scientific theories in physics (Alexander). Aristotle taught Alexander in many disciplines, such as Literature and rhetoric; he was very interested in science, philosophy, and medicine.   In the summer of 336 B.C. King Philip II was assassinated. Alexander took his father’s throne(Alexander).
After Alexander disposed of all domestic threats he set out on a military campaign against the Persians, originally planned by his father. In the spring of 334 BC, Alexander attacked an army of 40,000 Persians and Greek mercenaries with an army of only 35,000 men(Conquerors). This shows Alexander to be extremely brave. Alexander shares this trait with Caesar when he says, “Cowards die many times before their deaths…The valiant never taste of death but once” (II.ii.32-33).
Continuing on his campaign, he stopped at Phyria and untied the Gordian knot. The Gordian knot was a knot tied by king Gordius, that in legend was tied so intricately tied that the one who was able to untie it would be ruler of all Asia (Gordian).
Alexander encountered the main Persian army commanded by king Darius in 333 BC. He succeeded, and pushed Darius north abandoning his...