Introduction: Uncovering the Legend
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The Romans, who measured success by the number of body bags used, took to Alexander with gusto. Alexander's victories over his Persian and Indian foes, which have so long excited the imagination, were embellished by court historiography. In the accounts of the battles of Granicus, Issus, Gaugamela and Hydaspes, Alexander's use of terrain, his strategy, its execution and his very boldness were astonishing. The army had been well rewarded by Alexander, and had marched wherever he directed, but eventually enough was enough. The politician Lycurgus, by careful manipulation of the tax system and especially income from trade, rescued the city from the economic distress that had affected it in past years. Philip II had enforced the Common Peace of 337 through the medium of the League of Corinth. The adverse reaction of the army towards Alexander is further reinforced by the decision on the part of the Macedonian Army Assembly at Babylon after his death to abandon his future pl.