Alexander The Great Arriving In Persepolis Essay
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I am Alexander the Great, King of Macedonia ruler of Greece. I have been king of Macedonia since my father?s assassination five years ago. Since his death I have conquered much of the world. I am ruthless, and should anyone attempt to defeat me in battle, they are sure to die. The year I became ruler of Macedonia I set out to the city of Thessaly to restore Macedonia rule. After Thessaly submitted to me I conquered many states, and many other states freely submitted without battles. Two years after my father?s death, my war with the Persians began. Near the city of Troy, I defeated the Persian army. In doing so, all the states of Asia then submitted their arms to me. A year later I would encounter the Persians again; this time the main Persian army would be my opponent. I defeated the Persian army led by King Darious III at the city of Issus, and a year later took the city of Tyre. Furthermore, Egypt surrendered to me. Perhaps they knew they could not defeat me in battle and thought it better not to try. I had now secured control of the entire eastern Mediterranean coastline.
I now bring you to my present time in history. It has been five years since I became king of Macedonia, and I have once again defeated my enemy, King Darious III at Babylon. I am now setting my sights on penetrating into the walls of Persepolis. I am very excited about this, as I am planning to retrieving many treasures which lie behind the walls. This will be a very fulfilling defeat because the Persian Empire plundered Athens almost 15 decades ago. I cannot let this go and because of it I will penetrate Persepolis and defeat the Persians and consummate vengeance upon them.
With my highly skilled army of about sixty-thousand men, I entered Persepolis and assumed control of its palace. I find myself in the heart of Persia. From the Persian treasury at Persepolis I seized a wondrous amount of money. It is a well deserved payback, and I must resort to the tradition of vengeance for what the Persians did when Xerxes invaded Greece some hundred and fifty years ago. Alexander turned the city over to his troops, who stormed through its streets, slaughtered men, plundered their property and stripped women of their jewellery. My army and I will stay in Persepolis for the remainder of the winter and rest. There are many battles ahead for which we will need strength. It was with this that I started to think that I could not be both the avenger for what the Persians had done in Greece and at the same time be their new ruler. But in early spring I also knew that I owed it to the Athenians to allow vengeance one last time. Xerxes burned the Athenian Acropolis and the towns and temples of Attica those 15 decades ago, and I know that I must do something equally destructive.
After a four month stay in Persepolis, it is now time to move on to conquer more states and force them to be ruled by Greeks. The night before we were to leave Persepolis, my men and I engaged in drinking and feasting. As the night went on, and my anger inside me grew, I began thinking of a way to attain vengeance against the Persians. I figured the only way to truly achieve this was to do to them what they had done to the Athenians. It was with this that my army and I burned Persepolis? palace of Xerxes. I have now gotten my revenge on the Persians and I can now become their ruler and put the vengeance behind me.