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Alternate History: Alexander the Great

PericIes
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1/28/2016 6:08:46 AM
Posted: 10 months ago
Would anyone like to discuss what they think might've happened had he not died of a fever in Babylon?
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1/29/2016 1:56:09 AM
Posted: 10 months ago
At 1/28/2016 6:08:46 AM, PericIes wrote:
Would anyone like to discuss what they think might've happened had he not died of a fever in Babylon?

I think he would have spread his empire out. If he had time to get an heir, much of world's history would have been different. I also think that if his best friend hadn't died before him, he would have given the empire to Hephaestus and then the line of succession could have continued.

Such a shame, Greece would have been much, much stronger in history than it has ever been. Luckily that power shift was filled by the great Romans.
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1/29/2016 2:15:58 AM
Posted: 10 months ago
At 1/28/2016 6:08:46 AM, PericIes wrote:
Would anyone like to discuss what they think might've happened had he not died of a fever in Babylon?

Alexander intended on inter-mingling the Greeks with the Persians, hoping to merge Hellenistic and Persian culture to one (Making it less likely for the empire to fall apart, as a uniform culture would eventually form). That's why he took mostly Persian wives. That cultural influence was one thing that distinguished the Parthian Persians from Achaemenid Persians. The plan could have probably worked if he just chose a dang heir.
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1/29/2016 5:52:27 AM
Posted: 10 months ago
I think he would have spread his empire out. If he had time to get an heir, much of world's history would have been different. I also think that if his best friend hadn't died before him, he would have given the empire to Hephaestus and then the line of succession could have continued.

Such a shame, Greece would have been much, much stronger in history than it has ever been. Luckily that power shift was filled by the great Romans.

Eh... personally, I don't like the Romans particularly much and think that they're highly overrated. That's a topic of discussion for another time, though.

I know that, barring pressing even further into India than he already had (because his troops did not want to go any further east), he had plans to take the Arabian Peninsula and was brainstorming a possible takeover of Italy. He would have accomplished both of these fairly easily. Honestly, with the possible exceptions of the Indians and the Chinese, there were no civilizations that were even remotely a threat to the Greeks at this point. Even the aforementioned Chinese and remaining Indians would have been at a severe disadvantage, only really having population on their side, and we know how little that helped the Persians (the Achaemenids had something like 40% of the world's population within their empire at its height).

I think that the biggest problems facing Alexander would have been more solidly establishing his hold on the regions that he conquered (he was so busy kicking as$ that he didn't take very much time setting up governmental institutions and the like, although he did found many cities, most of which are named after himself), integrating the Greek and Persian cultures (many people on both sides disliked this), and creating naming an heir.
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1/29/2016 5:53:53 AM
Posted: 10 months ago
Alexander intended on inter-mingling the Greeks with the Persians, hoping to merge Hellenistic and Persian culture to one (Making it less likely for the empire to fall apart, as a uniform culture would eventually form). That's why he took mostly Persian wives. That cultural influence was one thing that distinguished the Parthian Persians from Achaemenid Persians. The plan could have probably worked if he just chose a dang heir.

There was quite a bit of opposition to this mingling though.
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1/29/2016 6:41:13 AM
Posted: 10 months ago
At 1/29/2016 5:53:53 AM, PericIes wrote:
Alexander intended on inter-mingling the Greeks with the Persians, hoping to merge Hellenistic and Persian culture to one (Making it less likely for the empire to fall apart, as a uniform culture would eventually form). That's why he took mostly Persian wives. That cultural influence was one thing that distinguished the Parthian Persians from Achaemenid Persians. The plan could have probably worked if he just chose a dang heir.

There was quite a bit of opposition to this mingling though.

Parthia(the Persian kingdom that came after Lil Alex) Did have quite a bit of Helenistic influence and the Greeks did enjoy a century or two of proxy rule over the Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean. So some intermingling would have eventually occurred. Given Alexander's ambitions, he would have probably attempted a long term campaign into the Indus Valley.
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1/29/2016 11:48:41 PM
Posted: 10 months ago

Parthia(the Persian kingdom that came after Lil Alex) Did have quite a bit of Helenistic influence and the Greeks did enjoy a century or two of proxy rule over the Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean. So some intermingling would have eventually occurred. Given Alexander's ambitions, he would have probably attempted a long term campaign into the Indus Valley.

Ah, but this alternate history is about what would have happened had Alexander not died of a fever in Babylon, meaning that he would already have withdrawn from India. If you're suggesting that he would have gone back to India, what do you think would have happened in the interim? I know that he was going to stop in Arabia and have a look around, so to speak.
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