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Cyrus wanted to conquer Egypt as a way of rounding out his successes. But first he went to the northeastern part of his empire to fight against tribes known as the Sarmatians and Massagetae. Cyrus met his death in one of those border fights; legend has it that he was killed by a woman named Tymiris, one of the leaders of the Massagetae. Cyrus’ body was brought back to his homeland of Parsha. He was buried in a rather simple tomb at Parsagard (which Alexander would later visit). Cambyses was Cyrus’ son and heir.
For several days Xerxes hurled his men against the Spartans. Even the “Immortals,” Xerxes’ 10,000man elite bodyguard, could not force their way through. ] With this knowledge, the Persian surrounded and then killed the 300 Spartans. King Leonidas and his men lay dead. This had cost the Persians many lives, but had also provided the Greeks with a set of heroes to emulate. Once they were through the pass at Thermopylae, Xerxes and the Persians moved quickly down the Attic Peninsula. They arrived at Athens in early September, but found the city largely deserted.
But Alexander now mounted the companion of his boyhood. Horse and man now led the Macedonian army. The Macedonian pike men, the men of the phalanx, lined up opposite the Persian center, where they could see the Indian elephants of Darius’ army. But as the battle began, Alexander kept shifting his phalanx further to his own right. Reacting, Darius kept shifting his own infantry to his left to prevent Alexander from creating a flanking maneuver. ALL THE TREASURES OF THE EAST Darius launched his war chariots early in the battle.
Alexander the Great (Ancient World Leaders) by Samuel Willard Crompton