The Campaigns of Alexander Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the author's intention in "The Campaigns of Alexander", and what challenge does he make to the reader?

Recognized as an authority on Alexander the Great, Arrian intends to provide the most accurate and complete account of Alexander's life that has ever been written. To confirm the historical accuracy of his book, he challenges readers to verify the information with the works of Ptolemy and Aristobulus, who were contemporaries of Alexander.

2. How does Alexander assume the crown of Macedon?

Alexander's father, Philip of Macedon, is assassinated by Pausanias, in 336 B.C., which allows Alexander to take the crown at only twenty years of age. The controversy surrounding his father's assassination does not prevent him from accepting the crown, although one theory has Alexander himself involved with the murder plot.

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