Does Alexander the Great Deserve His Title "The Great?"

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In history, many great things were achieved. But it's not just about what was accomplished. It's about who did it. Wars were fought, tears were shed. One of the most well-known men who fought in these wars was Alexander the Great. Does he actually deserve the Great on the end of his name? Was he a good enough leader to have that title? Some people would beg to differ, but I believe he has every right to have the Great on the end of his name.

At around age twenty-twenty-oneish, a young prince became king and prepared for the beginning to a new world. This man was called Alexander the Great. He had been tutored by Aristotle, making him very well educated and smart. This would help him out in his future for great decision making skills and an amazing strategist. The previous king, his father had been assassinated (stabbed in the rib by his former body guard), causing him to tremble with rage and find this man.

This started a whole new period of war and tactics.

In order for Alexander to actually become king, he had to endure many difficult tasks. He had to compete against anyone who wanted to be king. This included his brother, whom he managed to beat. I mean, who would go to great extremes enough to kill their own brother?

Alexander becomes the General of Army even before he becomes king. In Thebes, he was declared invincible. Although he may sound very cruel, he had a sensitive side. He would be very kind to his army. He would not just make his own decisions but got their opinion too. That is why so many stayed by his side and didn't leave him even though they were longing to go home. He...