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This tablet describes the defeat of Darius III by Alexander the Great at the Battle of Gaugamela in 331 BC, and Alexander's triumphant entry into Babylon.

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Alexander the Great (Greece) With an army of almost 40,000 an aggressive fighting force, Alexander conquered Asian Minor in a series of brilliant battles and he defeated the Persian King Darius III, taking all his land and titles.

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Royal Banquet. Alexander dines with Darius. From Jean Wauquelin's Chroniques d'Alexandre, mid 15 C (Bruges). BnF MS Français 9342 fol. 105v. Bibliothèque nationale, Paris

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The rise and fall of the Macedonian Empire

How was the Macedonian empire built in just a decade? #empire #Macedonia #AncientWorld (Image via Wikimedia Commons) http://blog.oup.com/2014/05/rise-macedonian-empire-slideshow/?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=oupacademic&utm_campaign=oupblog

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The Alexander Mosaic. This 19-foot-by-10-foot mosaic was discovered in Pompeii. The mosaic depicts the battle of Issus, 333 B.C., between the armies of Alexander the Great and Darius III of Persia.

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Darius III, wounded and imprisoned in a cart (chariot). Boccaccio, Des cas des nobles hommes et femmes, c. 1410 (Paris). BGE Ms. fr. 190/1, fol. 139r. Bibliothèque de Genève, Geneva

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