Alexander the Great

 Early Childhood  Son of Greek Macedonian King Philip II– determined to prove himself to his father  Builder of a Huge Empire  Conquered Persian Empire to the east of Greece as well as parts of Asia and Africa. Wanted to conquer the whole world. Those enemies that surrendered without a fight were treated with mercy and kindness; those that resisted and fought were brutally destroyed  Accomplishments  Hellenization- spread Greek culture and learning to conquered areas  Cultural diffusion-spread Asian/African ideas into Greek society.  He was accepting of other cultures ideas and blended them into Greek culture as he conquered new areas– This was a huge deal!!  Death  At age 33, died of alcoholism? Malaria? Syphilis? Broken heart after his army refused to fight any more?