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Why Study Alexander the Great?
Choose from these words to fill the blanks below:
Kush, Aristotle, Zeus, implausible, divine, Olympias, born, warrior, battle, Macedon, fiction, end, leadership, Philip, literate
why study Alexander the Great?
1. his story is amazing, it's the stuff of               , not history
his father,              II, was perhaps the greatest king and certainly on of the most effective leaders that Greece ever produced
his mother,                 , was one of the most formidable women of the ancient world
Alexander may be the only man in                who wasn't afraid of her
his tutor was                   , arguably the greatest philosopher in history
Alexander and his pan-Hellenic army conquered the Persian Empire within 10 years before Alexander was 30 years old, and to do it they crossed the Hindu          twice without losing significant number of lives, and never lost a             
by the end of his life, some Greek cities were beginning to vote Alexander              honors
Alexander's life was no mere epic, it was a series of epics piled one on top of another
no Hollywood screenwriter would dare to make up such an                        story, a life like Alexander's cannot have happened, but it did
2. he's probably the greatest                in history
war is a terrible thing and represents the ultimate human failure
but human beings have always waged war, at least since the beginning of                  human history
and there is probably noone today who believes we have seen the        of war
studying history's greatest warrior helps us understand the causes of war, the tactics, strategy, and logistics of warfar
why one side wins and the other doesn't
the effects of war on winners and losers
3. he can teach us about the nature of                     
what are the characterstics of a leader who conquers an empire that stretched from Greece to Indus before the age of 30?
we watch as he learns not only how to conquer an empire of that size, but to rule it
helps us understand to what extent leaders are          or made
4. he can teach us about the relationship between our spiritual beliefs and our worldly achievements
Alexander believed that in all that he did, he was favorited by         , a deep conviction which drove him to not only attempt but achieve some of the greatest acts of history

Ideas and Concepts:

Four reasons to study Alexander the Great, via this morning's Alexander the Great class: "1. His story is amazing, it's the stuff of fiction, not history. 2. He's probably the greatest warrior of all time. 3. He can teach us about leadership:What are the characteristics of a leader who conquered an entire empire that stretched from Greece to Indus before the age of 30? We watch as he learns not only how to conquer this empire, but rule it, and it helps us understand to what extent leaders are born or made. 4. He can teach us about the relationship between our spiritual beliefs and our worldly achievements. Alexander believed with deep conviction that in all that he did, he was favorited by Zeus, a paradigm that drove him not only to attempt, but to achieve some of the greatest acts of history."
Alexander the Great, the Terrible, or the Insignificant
Why Study Alexander the Great?
The Importance of the Battle of Thermopylae
The Peloponnesian War and Internal Greek Struggles
Early Macedon
The Nature of Macedon
Philip II of Macedon's Military Reforms
Alexander's Cavalry Units
Battle of Chaeronea (338 BC)