Was he great, good, bad or awesome?
If you were Persian you would say Bad.
But as the biggest crusader of all time, carving out the western world far beyond Greece, all the way to India smashing through every army he encountered on the
way and ended being made a Pharaoh, a God on earth,
this made his life awesome, probably the number 1
awesome life of all time.
Napoleon campaign to Egypt had no tactical benefit, he did it like a childhood fantasy to be like Alexander.
Alexander became immensely rich, but if his guiding light was money he would have quit before going further than any other Greek or human in ancient or modern history. Uniquely in history Alexander never lost a single battle.
There is substantial evidence Alexander was more gay than bi-sexual. Although he had the charisma of a rock star and could pick any girl he met, his friendship with Hephaestion his closest friend and general in his army was infact Alexanders true love. We know all this because he takes very little opportunity to hide it. So there for we can presume he wasn't only gay, but gay and proud.
Since a young boy Aristotle taught Alexander and was there for him probably at many battles guiding him through most of his life. This will provide evidence that we can't presume Alexander was just a brute force thug, but a tactician with technical accuracy.
Alexander III of Macedon son of Philip II of Macedon and his wife Olympias
Alexander was a slight of man, compared to the large Viking size Germanic Europeans.
He was big for a Greek or big for a Roman for that matter, but the average height back then was far less than today. At 5 foot 7 and with a boy like complexion none of this stopped him from beating down Real life giants like King Porus in India.
Alexanders Indian campaign
lasted 1 fight, and they faced 200 elephants a far bigger army and a giant, Alexanders Army won, but they turned back, maybe at the threat of a larger army or maybe they got what they came for maybe booty or teachings and knowledge. One way or another its clear they turned around and pursued that geographical conquest no further.
One of the most bizarre fact about Alexander was he wasn't even a true Greek. He was born to Philip of Macedon, present day Macedonia, at the time Macedon being a Greek out post left over to stop the barbarians coming down onto Greece from central Europe.
When Philip died Alexander took control of his inherited Army marched to Athens and took barbarian control of all the Cities. With a giant war army rallied he took the still gathering army off to take care of the old Persian Enemy once and for all.
If anything was motivating Alexander during his military career, it was to have his Nemesis king Darius III, beaten. He faught him 4 times before the final defeat.
In the last Battle at Gaugamela, they captured darius's royal family who Darius abandoned when he escaped . Instead of humiliating the former royals He treated Darius's wife, mother, and three children with respect. He extended them every luxury and dignity they use to atain while Darius was around.
Alexanders victorious army Chased King Darius all across Persia once he had smashed through
the full force of his army in their final battle of Gaugamelaand, Darius was on the retreat and almost got away smootly slipping away from history.
In 330 BCE Ironically it wasn't Alexander that got him but his closest allies.
During Darius’s flight~retreat, Bessus, his cousin and satrap of Bactria, betrayed him:
At the first halt the Bactrians surrounded the tent of Darius, and in the quiet of the night , he was put in chains, to be carried off to a prison into Bactria. The killing blow came from Bessus's hands for which Darius met his death. It was Bessus who stabbed him and left his dying body in a wagon to be found later by one of the Macedonian soldiers. This for Alexander was really not awesome at all, and he was disappointment not to of captured Darius alive.
When Alexander himself caught up with the wagon with a small war party, he saw Darius’s dead body in the wagon, and took the signet ring off the dead king’s finger. Afterwards he sent Darius’s body back to Persepolis, gave him a magnificent funeral and ordered that he be buried, like all his royal predecessors, in the royal tombs. Darius’s tomb has not yet been discovered. Alexander eventually married Darius' daughter in 324 BC.
Alexander the Great: Alexander vs King Darius
Alexander was born in Pella, the ancient capital of Macedonia in 20/21 July 356 BCE. He died of a fever in Nebuchadnezzar II , Babylon on 10/11 June 323 BCE.
So How did the Persians Feel about Alexander
Was he awesome great or bad?
Reading some Western history books one might be forgiven for thinking that the Persians existed to be conquered by Alexander.
Any visitor to the spectacular ruins of Persepolis - the site of the ceremonial capital of the ancient Persian Achaemenid empire, will be told three facts: it was built by Darius the Great, embellished by his son Xerxes, and destroyed by that man, Alexander.
seen through Persian eyes, Alexander is far from "Great".
He razed many ancient cities to the ground and and was more a kin to Genghis Khan than King Arthur.
Its important to realise the Greeks looked up to the Persian empire it was the Greeks that kept slaves all Persians were free and the perspective of which side were the barbarians really depends on your point of view.
The prize of Persia was a big golden apple older than Egypt and just as rich, plus rescue Egypt and become a god or take it by force if they say no, these were the size of Alexanders goals which you may forgive the Persians for feeling was more psychopathic than Noble.
Here are some videos on why he was Great.