Alexander the Great Topics for Discussion

Charles Mercer
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1. Alexander the Great suggests that Alexander seeks vengeance against the Persians and does not intend to retain possession of the territory. Why would he seek vengeance? Do you think that he really intends to retain possession of any of the territories he conquers, as the Romans do two centuries later? Does Alexander like conquest for its own sake?

2. What do you think of Alexander's claims that he is a god? Does he expect anyone to take him seriously? Keep in mind that Alexander's religion is far different from today's major religions.

3. Why does Alexander adopt Persian clothing and customs? Why do his men resent these personal changes?

4. Why does Charles Mercer often have to amend the statistics given by the ancient historians?

5. Why is it important for Alexander to conquer Egypt before striking off for the Far East?

6. Before Alexander's death, several rumors spread...

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