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Which war was Alexander The Great involved in?

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Alexander the Great did not fight in any named wars.  His wars are known by his name if they are named at all.  They tend to be called the Wars of Alexander the Great, not things like the “Macedonian-Persian Wars.”

We can say that Alexander’s wars included five main campaigns.  First, Alexander fought in the Balkans, consolidating and expanding his power near to home.  The next three campaigns were all part of one major war between Alexander and the Persian Empire.  There were campaigns in Asia Minor, in Syria and the Levant, and in Egypt.  All of these were conducted against Persian forces.  Finally, after Persia had been conquered, there was Alexander’s invasion of India.

While Alexander fought for many years, the conflicts in which he fought do not really have names.

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