By Bill Yenne

ISBN-10: 0230619150

ISBN-13: 9780230619159

While the Oracle of Delphi advised Alexander the good that he used to be invincible, it was once right.

The son of the good King Philip II of Macedonia, Alexander used to be informed via Aristotle and commanded a wing of his father's military within the victory over the Thebans and Athenians on the conflict of Chaeronea-all while he used to be nonetheless only a teen. by the point of his loss of life at age 32, he had gathered an empire that stretched from the Adriatic Sea to the Indus River and integrated all of Persia and such a lot of Egypt. He governed as either the shah of Persia and as a pharaoh of Egypt through correct of conquest, and he used to be additionally topped king of Asia.

Here, historian invoice Yenne illuminates the mythical imaginative and prescient of this classical hero. showing the easiest characteristics of a battlefield chief, Alexander was once audacious, competitive, fearless and successful. His unfailing integration of strategic imaginative and prescient and tactical genius took him to the ends of the earth, and into immortality as an army chief. Alexander's impact on cultural and political background and the scope of his army prowess is still awe-inspiring to this present day.

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Whilst the Oracle of Delphi advised Alexander the good that he used to be invincible, it was once right.

The son of the nice King Philip II of Macedonia, Alexander used to be proficient through Aristotle and commanded a wing of his father's military within the victory over the Thebans and Athenians on the conflict of Chaeronea-all while he used to be nonetheless only a teen. by the point of his dying at age 32, he had collected an empire that stretched from the Adriatic Sea to the Indus River and incorporated all of Persia and so much of Egypt. He governed as either the shah of Persia and as a pharaoh of Egypt via correct of conquest, and he used to be additionally topped king of Asia.

Here, historian invoice Yenne illuminates the mythical imaginative and prescient of this classical hero. displaying the simplest characteristics of a battlefield chief, Alexander used to be audacious, competitive, fearless and triumphant. His unfailing integration of strategic imaginative and prescient and tactical genius took him to the ends of the earth, and into immortality as an army chief. Alexander's impression on cultural and political background and the scope of his army prowess is still awe-inspiring to at the present time.

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They too, were finally defeated, although Memnon himself got away. Those mercenaries captured were considered Greek traitors and were sent back to Greece in chains. Perhaps their anticipation of such a fate was what kept them in the fight until the bitter end. Ω The Battle of Granicus was a triumph both for Alexander personally and for his army. The actual casualty figures are unknown, but were probably lopsided in favor of Alexander—although it is likely that the historians exaggerated them. Plutarch repeats the story he was told that the Persians lost 20,000 infantry and 2,500 cavalry.

He had some cavalry on his left, but he considered it a waste of resources to put too many horses into the steep foothills where it was harder to maneuver. In the center, the Greek mercenaries faced the Macedonian phalanx, including troops led by Coenus and Craterus, Alexander’s veteran infantry commanders. The Greco-Macedonian order of battle had the cavalry equally divided, with Parmenio on the left, near the gulf, in command of a force that included Peloponnesian cavalry. Also on the left wing were Cretan archers with Thracians under the command of Sitalces in front.

Knowing that Darius himself was present that day was an important driving force, causing Alexander to look forward to the coming battle. As Arrian writes, Alexander called together his generals and cavalry commanders, exhorting them “to take courage from the dangers which they had already surmounted, asserting that the struggle would be between themselves who had been previously victorious and a foe who had already been beaten; and that the deity was acting the part of general on their behalf better than himself, by putting it into the mind of Darius to move his forces from the spacious plain and shut them up in a narrow place, where there was sufficient room for themselves to deepen their phalanx by marching from front to rear, but where their vast multitude would be useless to the enemy in the battle.

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