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History of English Literature-Feb. 9. "Darius and Alexander"

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Department
History
Course
HISTORY 1M03
Professor
Sean Corner
Semester
Fall

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February 9 Darius III 336330 the political necessity of shoring up his authority and imperial unity by proving military might o Political stability necessary for military successo Alexander the pressure to assert his own legitimacy and to live up to the traditions of Persian kingship as ruler and mighty military conquerorDespite General Memnons proposal of a scorched earth policy Darius and western satraps are inclined to give Alexander the battle he needs o Memnon suggests denying Alexander the battles he needs to assert his kingshipCut off the provisions and cut Alexanders army offoPersian vs Macedonian armyshows of might won outThey did not want to sacrifice their land nor did they trust the Greek general MemnonA new Achilles and a new Trojan war the Macedonian king as hereditary heir of panhellenic destiny o Alexander Representing himself as a Panhellenic war of revenge as a Greek hero Taking the Panhellenic ideals and appropriating then for himself o The royal hereditary heir of GreeceYet Greek opposition and Ionian suspicion o Greeks unconvinced with Alexande
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