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Who is the Greatest Military leader of the Ancient period?

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Poll Question: Who is the Greatest Military leader of the Ancient period?
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    Posted: 12-Apr-2005 at 16:11
Who is the Greatest Military leader of the Ancient period?
 
 
 
Cyrus the Great (R. 559-30)- Persia ruler, first truly great general in history.

Darius the Great (R. 521-486)- Persian, annexed Thrace and Macedonia.

Alexander the Great (R. 336-323)- Macedonia, conquerored Persia and almost the entire "known" world.

Hannibal Barca- Carthaginian, invaded Italy with much success in the Second Punic War against Rome.

Scipio Africanus- Roman General, defeated Hannibal at Zama in 202 B.C.

Dionysius (R. 405-367)- Syracusan, conquerored most of Sicily and southern Italy. Faught four wars against Carthage.

Julius Caesar- Roman general, conquerored Gaul and defeated Pompey in the Great Civil War to gain power in Rome.

Sulla- Roman general and dictator, won important battles for the empire in Greece (83-81 B.C.)

Pompey the Great - Roman general, expanded the empire in the east.


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  Quote RED GUARD Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12-Apr-2005 at 19:48
     Atilla!
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"I came, I saw, and I conquered... but only for the weekend"

"This is my tank, this is my weapon, and this is my pride."

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  Quote aimfire Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12-Apr-2005 at 20:52
Well, most successful would be Alexzander.  But you mean most tactcally adept, don't you?  There is a certain Mongollian that comes to mind....
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  Quote Anujkhamar Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-Apr-2005 at 14:29
Chadragupta Maurya - Founded the Mauryan dynasty and empire
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  Quote J.M.Finegold Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-Apr-2005 at 18:56
It's a difficult choice.  The three that are most prominent, in my opinion, are Alexander the Great, Scipio Africanus, and Hannibal.
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  Quote Cywr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-Apr-2005 at 20:18
And there was me thinking that Dionysius was the god of wine and partying.
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  Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16-Apr-2005 at 17:00

In my opinion Alexander the Great and sargon of akkad he build the first empire in the world the akkadian empire in mesopotamia and  i dont know why they didn't put  him in the list

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  Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17-Apr-2005 at 13:53
The greatest of them all must be Alexander the Great,  I can't think of anyone who could equal his deeds as a military leader. The next two should be Cyrus the Great and Hannibal Barca.
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  Quote Lannes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17-Apr-2005 at 15:00

Originally posted by Winterhaze13

Cyrus the Great (R. 559-30)- Persia ruler, first truly great general in history.

Not really (Thutmosis III, Tiglath-pilesar III, Madyes, etc.).

 

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  Quote Ahmed The Fighter Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17-Apr-2005 at 18:00

Alexander the great the best but his suddenly death stopped the invasion and his soldier when they refused to going forward into deep of india after him i elect hannibal

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  Quote Isis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-Apr-2005 at 12:52

Was a tough choice but I voted for Hannibal - the uniting of minorites, the tough journey to Italy, the tactics. All symbolise a great leader.

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  Quote magavan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-Apr-2005 at 13:30
The greatest military of tolerence and heart was CYRUS.
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  Quote giani_82 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28-Apr-2005 at 02:31
Hannibal he had little to none support from Carthage, yet he managed to keep his soldiers faithful (unlike Alexander and Caesar to some extent) though they were mostly mercenaries. At some point he even had to use roman armor and weapons to arm his army. He was not corrupted by power remaining closer to his soldiers than anyone else.
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  Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28-Apr-2005 at 10:47
I voted Alexander, as nobody to this day has accomplished what he has.

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  Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22-May-2005 at 19:10
I would argue that not only was Hannibal the greatest military leader of ancient times, he was the greatest of all time. His leadership, tactics, and negotiation skills were incredible.
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  Quote EvilNed Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-May-2005 at 03:05

I say Alexander. He could handle sieges, something that Hannibal could not, and he also manipulated the line of the enemy. Hannibal's tactics were awesome, but Alexander actually changed the way his enemy's lines were formed, in order to get what he wanted! Also, he was never defeated in battle, which is quite an accomplishment.

Alexander, with Hannibal a close second.

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  Quote Kenaney Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-May-2005 at 13:55

I would say METEHAN

its by him you can talk about military...

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  Quote Winterhaze13 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24-May-2005 at 17:21

If you love Ancient history please check out this great forum:

http://ancient-empires.net/forum/index.php?act=idx

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  Quote poirot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04-Jun-2005 at 04:08
Alexander the Great, because he conquered the most land mass
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  Quote GENERAL PARMENION Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07-Jun-2005 at 19:39

Bust of Alexander, Musei Capitolini, Roma (Italy). Photo Jona Lendering.

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