The True Story of Alexander the Great

The True Story of Alexander the Great is a History Channel documentary hosted by Peter Woodward, examining the life and career of Alexander the Great. Alexander the Great was born in in Pella in 356 BC, Alexander was tutored by Aristotle until the age of 16. Alexander succeeded his father, Philip II of Macedon, to the throne in 336 BC after Philip was assassinated. In 334 BC, he invaded Persian-ruled Asia Minor and began a series of campaigns that lasted ten years. During the next 12 years, he led 40,000 troops more than 20,000 miles, defeating the most powerful ruler on Earth, King Darius of Persia, and conquering all of Asia. He died of a battle wound at the age of 32, but his legendary conquests have been celebrated and studied for more than 2000 years. Today, we know him as Alexander the Great.


The True Story of Alexander the Great, Part 1of3
Alexander the Great was born in in Pella in 356 BC, Alexander was tutored by Aristotle until the age of 16. Alexander succeeded his father, Philip II of Macedon, to the throne in 336 BC after Philip was assassinated.

The True Story of Alexander the Great, Part 2of3
In 334 BC, he invaded Persian-ruled Asia Minor and began a series of campaigns that lasted ten years. Alexander's army crossed the Cilician Gates in 333 BC, and defeated the main Persian army under the command of Darius III at the Battle of Issus. In 332 BC, he conquered Tyre after a long and difficult siege.

The True Story of Alexander the Great, Part 3of3
Leaving Egypt in 331 BC, Alexander marched eastward into Mesopotamia and again defeated Darius, at the Battle of Gaugamela. Then he conquered Persia. Seeking to reach the "ends of the world and the Great Outer Sea", he invaded India in 326 BC. Alexander died in Babylon in 323 BC.


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Alexander the Great - wikipedia
Alexander III of Macedon (356 - 323 BC), commonly known as Alexander the Great, was a king of Macedon, a state in northern ancient Greece.
Alexander the Great - Resources
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In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great
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e-Books
The Life of Alexander the Great
Author: John Williams, 1792-1858; Henry Ketcham, ed. Subject: Alexander the Great (356 - 323 BC). Publisher: New York: A. L. Burt. Book contributor: Brigham Young University-Idaho, David O. McKay Library.
The Story of Alexander's Empire
Author: John Pentland Mahaffy, 1839-1919; Arthur Gilman. Subject: Alexander the Great (356 - 323 BC). Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York. Book contributor: Robarts - University of Toronto.
The Life and Exploits of Alexander the Great
Author: E. A. Wallis Budge, 1857-1934. Subject: Alexander the Great (356 - 323 BC). Publisher: C. J. Clay and Sons, London. Book contributor: Cornell University Library.
History of Alexander the Great
Author: Jacob Abbott, 1803-1879. Subject: Alexander the Great (356 - 323 BC). Publisher: New York, Harper & brothers. Book contributor: Information and Library Science Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The Story of Alexander
Author: Robert Steele, 1860-1944. Subject: Alexander the Great (356 - 323 BC). Publisher: London : D. Nutt. Book contributor: University of California Libraries.