Alexander the Greatest of All
Posted by Greeka on 19 May 2009
Alexander the Great was voted as the Most Important Greek of all times, after the large poll organized by the Greek television channel Sky and lasted for over a year. Alexander was voted the greatest of all Greeks among other famous personalities, such as the philosophers Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, the politicians Constantine Karamanlis and Eleftherios Venizelos, the fighter of the Greek Revolution Theodoros Kolokotronis and Georgios Papanikolaou, the doctor who remained famous for the Pap test, used worldwide for the detection and prevention of cervical cancer and other diseases of the female reproductive system.
Alexander the Great finally received 127.011 votes, while Papanikolaou came second with 103,661 votes and Kolokotronis third with 84,007 votes. Alexander the Great was born in Pella, capital of the Macedonian Kingdom, in 356 BC, son of king Phillip II of Macedon and his wife, Olympias. From an early age, he admired Achilles and generally all great fighters. At the age of 30, he had reconciliated the Greek city-states that were in war to each other and all Greeks united set a war against the Persian Empire that was threatening Greece.
In three years, he managed to control every land from Greece to the borders of present India and Egypt. He founded many towns after his name, Alexandeia, and promoted Greek culture to all the known world that time. He died unexpectedly in 323 BC from poisoning or malaria fever, a month before he completed his 33 years. Although he died young, his life continues to inspire people till today.