Sense of Allegiance
Alexander the Great wanted to do more than just
conquer. He wanted his empire to last. To guard against revolts and invasions,
Alexander founded many colonies in the Greek way. These colonies were made
up of Alexander's soldiers, and he encouraged his soldiers to marry local
people. He himself married one, and led by example.
The Greeks followed the lead of Alexander and most
went on to marry local women. This showed the respect and allegiance
that the Greeks showed to Alexander. The Greeks even built temples to
Alexander. The artisans made sculptures of Alexander and his head to
show the respect they had for him.
Once Alexander kingdom split up into Antigonid Macedon, Ptolemaic Egypt, and Seleucid Syria internal
revolts began to occur. The people did not respect the new Kings as
much as they did Alexander and the revolts later led to the fall of the Empires.