Alexander started his campaign his senior advisers Antipater and Parmenion had advised Alexander to first put his house right in Macedonia and establish a line of succession. He disregarded their advice, however, and embarked on his expedition unmarried and childless, leaving his whole political and military structure almost totally dependent on his survival. After his death, Alexander's generals fell to quarrelling about how to divide his legacy. Although his conquests were greater than those of anyone before him, he had made no real effort to integrate and consolidate the governments of the lands he had taken. Alexander shifted the spotlight once and for all. From his day on, the western societies of the Romans and the Greeks would carry the torch. From victory to victory, from triumph to triumph, he created an empire that made him a myth. He was that rare figure who became a hero in his own lifetime.