What personal qualities did Alexander the Great have?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Alexander the Great's primary personal quality that enabled him to live up to his namesake was his vision.  He never saw anything that he was to do in a small scale.  Rather, he recognized that amassing forces and military strength can lead to a strong scale of unification in which a sense of greatness can be evident.  He understood that military strength can bring about a sense of pride and glory that made his name synonymous with austerity.  His personal quality of "greatness" or what the Greeks would call "arete" was something that he was able to show in subduing foreign armies or any obstacle in his path.  The "cutting" of the Gordian Knot is another instance where this commitment to greatness in a personal level manifested itself externally.  I would say that this is an example of how his personal qualities reflected his own namesake and helped to fulfill his legacy as one of the most memorable rulers in all of history.  Alexander the Great recognized that in order to be "great," there has to be a sense of urgency and envisioning what greatness is to resemble from the subjective to the external.  This is where one sees a personal quality in the leader that enabled him to represent what was within him.

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