Do you think Alexander deserved the title of Alexander the Great? Why or why not?

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mkoren eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Alexander the Great had many accomplishments that made his title of “The Great” a deserving one. His empire covered about 3,000 miles and he was able to establish this empire over a thirteen year period of time. Considering that there were no modern forms of technology or transportation and that he took power at the young age of 20, his accomplishments were very significant.

Alexander the Great was able to conquer many different places. He defeated the Persians after a bitter struggle. He also conquered Egypt and developed a city that he named after himself. This was the city of Alexandria. He expanded his empire to India before eventually deciding to stop expanding. He did this mainly because his troops were exhausted and refused to do more fighting. He was also able to spread Greek ideas and Greek culture to the places he conquered.

Alexander the Great’s actions definitely allow one to conclude that the title, "The Great" was an appropriate title. 

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This depends on what you think would qualify someone to have "the Great" added to their name.  To me, I think he does qualify because of the scope of his accomplishments.

Back in his day, the main thing that a ruler would be judged on was how strong he was.  When you look at it like that, how could you not call him "the Great?"  After all, this is a guy who conquered a huge empire.

I think that he can also be called great because of his wisdom in how he tried to keep his empire together.  He was not a really harsh ruler and he tried to give the conquered people a role in governing themselves.  That shows a lot of intelligence and that helps qualify him for being called great.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
The title implies that he had great power, not that he was good. He was powerful, clever and fearless. He also expanded his empire greatly. In those days, the mark of a great leader was increasing the land holdings of his empire. By those standards, Alexander the Great was definitely great!
stamburello | Student

I do think Alexander deserves to be called wthe greatest because not only did he conquer greece without loosing a fight he also expanded his fathers empire. He was smart in his doings and had a strong army.

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