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What is so "Great" approximately Alexander? examine this notorious chief and discover.
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42 – The Danger in Replacing a Murdered Father as King – §5. Enemies of Macedonia, to the south and north, immediately sought to destroy the new king and the territorial, economic, and political power he had inherited from his talented and vigorous father. The Greeks, Philip’s “voluntary allies” for his planned crusade against Persia, immediately revolted and managed to expel at least one of Philip’s Macedonian garrisons. The barbarians to the north planned openly to attack Macedonia, which they saw as an easy target under the shaky command of a flustered twenty-year-old struggling to establish himself as king.
Philip, always alert to the possibility of buying rather than fighting for what he wanted, proposed that he and the other leaders begin by paying off their most threatening neighbors for the moment, gaining time to make military changes that would guarantee their long-term security. Tactically, Philip proposed training the Macedonian infantry in new methods of fighting on the ground, using an even longer thrusting spear similar to those of the Illyrians. This spear, the sarissa, was eighteen feet long, with twelve feet extending ahead of the soldier and six feet behind.
Forewarned by his scouts, Alexander briefed his men to expect the ambush. The Macedonians spread out their formation, making gaps for the wagons to pass harmlessly through. In those places where the 44 – The Danger in Replacing a Murdered Father as King – terrain prevented a loose formation, Alexander instructed his men to form a tight cluster, stooping with shields interlocked overhead; here the Thracian wagons rolled over and past the crouching troops. Nowhere did the wagons do any harm. The ambushers were ambushed.
Alexander the Great: The Story of an Ancient Life by Professor Thomas R. Martin, Visit Amazon's Christopher W. Blackwell Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Christopher W. Blackwell,