The Aftermath of the Conquests of
Alexander the Great
From 336 BC to 382 BC, the famous king Alexander the Great of Macedonia was a very ambitious conqueror, extremely powerful man and an extremely successful king overall. During his reign, he built the biggest empire the world had known until Rome, and a name for himself, his two main goals, along with many others. Sadly, he never appointed a successor before he died, possibly of natural causes, like disease, or foul play (assassination), and the empire was split into four pieces: the Ptolemaic Kingdom, located around modern-day Egypt, the Seleucid Empire located in Central Asia, Pergamon, in Asia minor and Turkey, & Macedon, located at… you guessed it.. Present-day Macedonia and some of Greece.
While this splitting was happening, one of Alexander’s bodyguards, named Perdiccas, attempted to reunite the four kingdoms. He was assassinated in 321 BC.
He did accomplish most of his goals. One of those was to spread Greek culture throughout asia, did so, and surprisingly, the Hellenistic culture lasted for a pretty darn long time, until about the 15th century.
This very famous ancient king was very successful in almost anything he tried, was an excellent military strategist, and a very firm man his whole rule, and had built the largest empire of the world at the time. Now that’s extraordinary.