Heh weak enemies or a rather funny leader at that time (Darius). Darius inherited his throne but could not earn it. Alexander's impetuous charges could have ended his campaign rather quickly, especially with the potential might that Darius could have mustered to defend his throne. (Or learnt to simply wheel his trools to the Phalanx right flank - as Romans did) As lucky as Alexander was, an impetuous fool who turned out lucky is rather admirable ;D
Btw that battle in the Indus during the movie was rather gruesome in my opinion. Personally, I wouldn't want to be in the first line of the phalanx only to see a horde of stampeding elephants!!!!
Overall Chingis Khaan is my favorite ruler and one of my favorite generals in history, but recently I've been getting into trickster like and crafty figures who pulled off epic events through subterfuge and betrayal adaptability or extremely interesting adventure. So while my overall life-long list would be too long to list, people I am particularly interested in now are as follows (as chronologically as possible and without separate sections based on career, and yes I include scientists as they are awesome too): Imhotep Hatchepsut Cyrus the Great Sunzi Alcibiades Ptolemy I Souter Chandragupta Maurya Qin Shi Huangdi Julius Ceasar Emperor Hadrian Emperor Julian Modu Chanyu Empress Theodora Bumin Khagan Harald Hardratta Yelu Abaoji Yelu Daishi Doge Enrico Dandalo Chinggis Khaan Subotai Batu Khan Grand Duke Gediminas Toqtamysh Ulugh Beg Anikey Stroganov Zheng He Hernan Cortez Babur Khan Selim I the Grim Oda Nobunaga Nicolaus Copernicus Cardinal Richelieu Oliver Cromwell Nurhaci Tsar Peter the Great Shivaji Robert Clive Benjamin Franklin Alexander Hamilton Napoleon Bonaparte Joseph Fouche Simon Bolivar Francisco Goya Tsar Alexander II Philip Sheridan (my great-great-great grandfather with freakishly similar attitudes towards war, society, and southerners to what I have). Red Cloud Emperor Meiji Ito Hirobumi Cecil Rhodes Theodore Roosevelt Marie Curie Albert Einstein Mustafa Kemal Salvador Dali Chiang Kai Shek Yoshiko Kawashima Georgy Zhukov Werner von Braun Richard Feynman Moshe Dayan Vo Ngyun Giap Lee Kwan Yew Seretse Khama Indira Gandhi Richard Nixon Deng Xiaoping Sultan Qaboos bin Said Steven Hawking Vladimir Putin (already an interesting historical figure)
Hmm, I cut alot out and thats still a long-ass list!
“With Heaven's aid I have conquered for you a huge empire. But my life was too short to achieve the conquest of the world. That task is left for you.” ~Chinggis Khaan
This thread made me greatly sad, here is steppe forum and nobody named the greatest warrior, who made Chingishan nuts into his pants, an archenemy the greatest warrior Jelaleddin Horzemshah, as the saying “knowledge of truly history reflects your intellect”
IMHO the greatest warriors are --------- Attila, Timurleng, Iraclius(byzantin king armenian origin) Jelaleddin Horzemshah
A somehwat mixed list of leaders, generals, politicians and philosphers i like, i excluded obvious names like, Hannibal, Attilla, Atatürk, Napoleon, Mao, Julius Caesar, Alexander etc though this list can just be a summary.
Sun Tzu(Changqing) Cao Cao(Mengde) Henry V Frederick II Carl von Clausewitz Niccolò Machiavelli Laozi Pythagoras Socrates Hassan-i Sabbah Arminius Guan Yu Qin Shi Huang Uesugi Kenshin Takeda Shingen Nizam al-Mulk
While i admire most talented general/leaders, i tend to favour philosphers, i think their trails survive the test of time and echoe even in our daily lives, take laozi or phythagoras for example todays particle accelarator experiements are kids' play when compared to the significance of these individuals' ideas. Though it is best when a leader has talent in both arts of war, administration and philosophy.