From ABC-CLIO's History Hub website
Alexander the Great earned his historical title as one of the most ruthless conquerors of the ancient world. Use this collection of primary and secondary sources to support students' investigation into Alexander's major campaigns, battle tactics, leadership style, and the ultimate dissolution of his empire. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.
Time Period Key Understandings
Geography impacts a civilization's ability to communicate and unify
Centralization allows for culture to flourish and disseminate
Oral history and tradition perpetuate cultural norms and religion
Societal celebrations and norms can glorify and support warfare
Political structure influences the economic stratification of a society
Democratic systems value the rights and opinions of citizens
Internal rivalry leads to competitive rather than collaborative systems
Art and architecture depict society's values and histories
Philosophy, or the love of wisdom, contributes to the betterment of society through academic research, reasoning, and discovery
Strong leadership leads to success of political and military campaigns
Cultural diffusion can lead to romanticism of past civilizations and culture
How did Alexander the Great's father lay the foundation for him to become a successful commander? How did Alexander's education in Greek culture prove significant?
Why do you think Alexander was such a successful conqueror? Why was his defeat of Persian king Darius III so important?
What methods did Alexander use to unify his empire? How did his rule influence and change culture throughout his empire?
Why did Alexander's empire break up after his death?