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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Alexander the Great (History for Kids)

When Alexander, the eldest son of King Philip of Macedonia, born in 356 BC, the greatest empire the world had been the Persian Empire. Great Persian conqueror, Cyrus had conquered a lot of smaller countries of the Persian Empire to collect more than one hundred years before. Macedonia was a small kingdom on the edge of the Persian Empire.

Alexander, his father King Philip was a strong and ambitious. He wanted more power than just their little kingdom of Macedonia. Philip spent most of his life to conquer the cities of Greece, to its south. By the time Alexander was eighteen, he led the left wing of his father's army Chaeronea, the last great battle to conquer Greece.

Two years later, when Alexander was twenty years old, the guard was killed by his father, Philip and Alexander became king of Macedonia and Greece. Soon, Alexander decided to be like his heroes Cyrus and Achilles, and to conquer the Persian Empire itself. In 335 BC, Alexander crossed the Hellespont or as part of the Persian Empire, marched on its south, the army along the Mediterranean coast to Egypt, the conquest of all the cities along the way (in most cities really just gave up at the sight of his future).

After Alexander conquered Egypt, he finally met and defeated the Persian King Darius III at the battle of the Battle of Issus in 333 BC. Darius fled, and Alexander went through Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) in Persia itself (modern Iran).

Source : http://www.historyforkids.org

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