Alexander the great alexander the great 356 323 bc was the king of macedon the leader of the corinthian league and the conqueror of persia he succeeded in forging the largest western empire of the ancient world. Alexander the great also known as alexander iii or alexander of macedonia born 356 bce pella macedonia northwest of thessalonki greece died june 13 323 bce babylon near al illah iraq king of macedonia 336 323 bce who overthrew the persian empire carried macedonian arms to india and laid the foundations for the hellenistic world of territorial kingdoms. Alexander iii of macedon known as alexander the great 21 july 356 bce 10 or 11 june 323 bce was the son of king philip ii of macedonhe became king upon his fathers death in 336 bce and went on to conquer most of the known world of his day he is known as the great both for his military genius and his diplomatic skills in handling the various populaces of the regions he conquered. Whether alexander the great was greek or just loved things greek is not important what is important is that he spread greek ideas throughout the world in what is known as the hellenistic period and was perhaps the most important single person in western civilization with the possible exception of jesus christ. Alexander pulled out his sword and cut the knot in two while it was an awesome display of his character and showed his refusal to lose the ancient prophets probably didnt envision that particular method of loosening the knot 6 he was a drunk alexander the great liked to party a lot
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