So was Alexander the Great good to Egypt? I thought I read that he wasn't.
Hi Ramsekh, Yes, Alexander was good to Egypt. He liberated them from the Persians. Remember by this time 332BCE. Greeks had been slowly moving into and settling in Egypt for centuries. Alexander, (umm) was in reality King of Greece, something most folks don't know or forget.
It can be said, that while Alexander's army marched into Egypt, it can also be said that they walked stright into the welcoming arms of all Egyptians. Once Alexander was proclaimed the son of Amun, he actually became Pharaoh. Something few of the Ptolomies that followed him did. Once he was accepted as Pharaoh, Egypt gave him all the support to him as they had any of the ancient Pharaohs.
When Alexander III, died he was King of Macedonian by birth, King of Greece by succession to his father's conquests of the Greek cities, Pharaoh of Egypt by acclamation, King of Kings of Persia by conquest. He is a most amazing man and if you're interested in learning more of this truly gifted, man/god i strongly suggest anything written by Mary Renault.
Ms Renault writes both fictional and biographicial work on Alexander the Great. Personally i prefer her analysis of him, his work, and life over most of the others. In other words she writes more as an anthropologist, than just a historian.