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Alexander the Great (356-323 BC) was probably the greatest general of all time and his conquests and brief reign changed the history of the world. Once the great Macedonian had dreamt of a universal Empire that encompassed the known world. However, the realm that he created did not long survive and quickly fragmented. Within a few years of his death, Macedonian generals had divided his territories into a number of different Hellenistic states. The sudden collapse of the Empire that Alexander built, was due to a number of factors. These include the early and the rather unexpected death of the great king, absence of a capable successor, rebellious generals, and the sheer extent of the territories, all meant that the vast Empire collapsed into a series of warring kingdoms.
[[File: Alex One.jpg|200px|thumb|left| Alexander the Great]]

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