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What is so "Great" approximately Alexander? examine this notorious chief and discover.
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At Chaeronea, Philip took the position on the right, with Alexander stationed on the left. The Macedonian cavalry was also on the left, and scholars often assume that Alexander was on horseback leading the cavalry. Diodorus, the only ancient writer to describe Alexander’s role, gives no indication whether he was mounted or on foot. What is clear is that Alexander fought bravely and was instrumental in winning the battle. His end of the battle line attacked the strongest forces of the opposing Greeks, the 300 warriors of the Sacred Band from Thebes.
Aggressive fighting was always the best guarantee of safety. But when attacked, troops would often slide to the 27 – Alexander the Great – right, each man trying to move more of his own unshielded right side behind his neighbor’s shield. In this way, an entire army could shift gradually toward the right while fighting. As an army drifted rightward, the spacing between men could get very ragged, particularly on the far left side of the line. The goal of any army in battle was to “turn” the enemy’s line.
To the west of the now pacified Thracians was Macedonia’s most relentless enemy, the Illyrians. Alexander marched against them next. A coalition force of barbarians caught his army in a valley where it appeared the Macedonians had no escape from a deadly crossfire. Caught between two forces, Alexander relied on what he had learned about the Illyrians while in self-exile among them not long before and devised a plan that relied both 45 – Alexander the Great – on an understanding of his enemy’s psychology and on his ability to improvise new ways of fighting never tried before.
Alexander the Great: The Story of an Ancient Life by Professor Thomas R. Martin, Visit Amazon's Christopher W. Blackwell Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Christopher W. Blackwell,