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Alexander the Great is one of the greatest military commanders in world history. In 12 years, from a small kingdom in Macedonia, he built an empire extending from Greece to northwestern India.
But after achieving so much, his most excellent military strategy is something seen commonly and used by many empires throughout history.
Alexander's favourite military strategy was to have his troops maintain a tight rectangular formation. All his soldiers would wield a spear, sometimes as long as five metres made of shared metal-tipped wood.
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At the age of 32, Alexander the Great had conquered the entire known world at the time amounting to 2 million square miles. However, before he could conquer more, after falling ill he mysteriously died. Till today this has been history's greatest mystery.
Since then, historians have debated the causes of his death. Rumours of causes of his death include malaria, typhus, alcohol poisoning, and murder. However, in a new theory, it is believed that Alexander died due to a neurological disorder known as Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS).
Guillain-Barre Syndrome occurs when the immune system attacks the nerves. This condition might be triggered by an acute viral infection. Many believe that because of this condition Alexander was paralysed and announced dead before he actually was.
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Learnt today that #alexanderthegreat of #macedonia #Greece had an #Indian guru the Greeks called "Kalanos" some say this was because he was a devotee of Kali .This #Hindu #Brahmin & Yogi stayed with Alexander till he was 73 & died by voluntarily walking into his own pyre
Ptolemy actually built his pyre & records the death as having taken place in Susa in 323BC .Kalanos distributed all the costly gifts he got from the king to the people and wore just a garland of flowers and chanted Vedic hymns as he walked into the Pyre.
He presented his horse to one of his Greek pupils named Lysimachus. He did not flinch as he burnt to the astonishment of those who watched. Although Alexander was not personally present at time of his immolation, his last words to Alexander were "We shall meet in Babylon".
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#TalDíaComoHoy señalan algunas tradiciones que, en el 323 a. C., fallecía en Babilona Alejandro III de Macedonia, Alejandro Magno, con 32 años, rodeado de sus “amigos”, los conocidos posteriormente como diádocos, los “sucesores”. Abro HILO⬇️
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Alejandro era hijo del rey Filipo II, bajo cuyo mandato el antaño periférico reino de Macedonia se convirtió en el centro del mundo helénico, y su poder militar subyugó a las principales poleis griegas que pugnaban por la hegemonía: Tebas y Esparta. +info👉 Image
La muerte, con el manto del asesinato, sobrevino a Filipo en 336 a.C. en el momento en que, según las fuentes, preparaba una campaña contra Persia. No se retrasaría mucho. Alejandro, que se encontraba en Epiro, regresó y reclamó el trono contando con 20 años.
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Alexander’s Indian Conquest: Why He Returned Without Conquest? #alexanderthegreat #hidispus #indus #macedonia
Alexander the great was one of the greatest emperors the world has seen. He conquered world’s biggest armies, kingdoms and rules. He was also the role model for many great conquerors and emperors that came after him including for Julius Caesar.
In fact, it is said that Julius Caesar wept in front of the statue of the Macedonian emperor, Alexander, and when asked for the reason he said at my age of 32 years, Alexander had conquered the whole world, while I am yet to do anything noteworthy.
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Ancient History Quote of the Day: "Some historians have also recorded that his companions asked him to whom he left his kingdom, and he replied, 'To the best man'" (Arrian, Anabasis 7.26)

#AHQOTD #AlexanderTheGreat

Image: Alexander Statuette from Herculaneum (MANN, 4996)
I'm typing this thread today - 10 June - as it is the date that is popularly given as being that of the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC. However, the situation is more complicated as Plutarch's account (Alexander 76.9) has been interpreted as suggesting 13 June.
The only contemporary record of Alexander's death is that of a Babylonian Astronomical Diary tablet (pictured here), recording the date of his death as the final day of the month of Aiiâru in the fourteenth year of his reign.

Image: British Museum (45962)
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Around 3000 BCE in eastern #Europe, a Proto-Balto-Slavic #language started to diverge from #ProtoIndoEuropean.

The #Slavic branch of the #IndoEuropean #languages began about 2,000 years later when Proto-Slavic deviated from Proto-Balto-Slavic.

[Image:…] Source: The Indo-European L...
As the #Slavic-speaking area expanded during the first millennium CE (striped area on map), Proto-Slavic transitioned to Common Slavic. The #language underwent minor changes that occurred mostly uniformly across eastern #Europe, thereby maintaining mutual intelligibility. A map of eastern Europe sho...
Around the year 1000 CE #CommonSlavic began to split into the South, West, and East branches to which all modern #Slavic #languages belong.

Roughly 315m people speak a Slavic #language, mostly in Eastern #Europe (including the #Balkan peninsula), #CentralAsia, and #Siberia. A map of Europe highlightin...
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#AlexanderTheGreat and #Achilles
Examining the uncanny a series of tweets (See below),
1. Both products of Greek cultute
2. both of noble blood
3. Both the sons of kings
4. Both were claimed to be demigods
5. both great warriors
6. Both successfully lead the Greeks against the "Barbarians" (more to follow)
7. Both outdid their earthly fathers in legacy
8. Both had lifelong male lovers (Achilles has Patroclus, Alexander had Hephaestion)
9. Both their lifelong male lovers were also warriors
10. Both Achilles and Alexander traveled to the east (more to follow)
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Tweeps, have you been to the landmark @LouvreAbuDhabi #Louvre #AbuDhabi? No worries. Got @twitter. Had the chance to visit while in the #UAE for the @MilkenInstitute #MIGlobal #MENASummit. Follow this thread for a #TwitterTour of highlights.… #art #museum
Hello #LouvreAbuDhabi! @LouvreAbuDhabi ~ in all directions, the #magic of art & creativity on display. Crossing borders. Crossing cultures. #artmatters #museumlove
#Stunning. This two-headed figure is one of the oldest monumental statues in the history of humanity. It is some 8500 years old. On display at the @LouvreAbuDhabi. đź‘Ą

@VisitAbuDhabi #AbuDhabi #LouvreAbuDhabi
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