Alexander the Great.

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Alexander the Great was seen as a genius and the greatest conqueror of the classical times. He played many parts and was able to distinguish between those in everyday life. There is a wide variety of components involved with this leader but will focus on his background, cultural contributions, social conflicts, and the claim that he is a genius.

Alexander was born in 356 B.C.E., the son of Phillip II and Olympias of Macedon. He was crowned Prince when he was being tutored by Aristotle, who trained him in rhetoric and literature that stimulated his interest in science, medicine, and philosophy. Alexander was first married to Roxanne in 327 B.C.E. and second to Barsine in 324 B.C.E., he bore no children with either wife. After his father was assassinated in 336 B.C.E., he became the King of Macedon and later the King of Asia. Alexander also founded Alexandria, after completely defeating the Persians at the battle of Arbela in 331 B.C.E.

He died in Babylon planning new conquests in Arabia. It is said that he died of a fever at the young age of 32.

Alexander had many cultural contributions through his life, but some were more outstanding than others. He had the attitude that there was no limit for man, that his labors would lead to fine achievements, if you give you shall receive. He was chiefly responsible for the spread of Greek civilization in the Mediterranean and in west Asia. With his vast education, from being a pupil of Aristotle, gave insight to others of his love for plays and poetry, which soon spread.

Through his life he had many conflicts, which some were social. Early in his reign of Macedonia he went around releasing the Greeks from Persian domination, which created a massive...