FYI October 01, 2022

On This Day

331 BC – Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of Gaugamela.[1]
The Battle of Gaugamela (/ˌɡɔːɡəˈmiːlə/; Greek: Γαυγάμηλα, romanized: Gavgámila), also called the Battle of Arbela (Greek: Ἄρβηλα, romanized: Árvila) took place in 331 BC between the forces of the Army of Macedon under Alexander the Great and the Persian Army under King Darius III. It was the second and final battle between the two kings, and is considered to be the final blow to the Achaemenid Empire, resulting in its complete conquest by Alexander.[8]

The fighting took place in Gaugamela, which literally meant “The Camel’s House”, a village on the banks of the river Bumodus. The area today would be considered modern-day Erbil, Iraq according to Urbano Monti’s world map.[9] Alexander’s army was heavily outnumbered and modern historians say that “the odds were enough to give the most experienced veteran pause”.[10] Despite the overwhelming odds, Alexander’s army emerged victorious due to the employment of superior tactics and the clever usage of light infantry forces. It was a decisive victory for the League of Corinth, and it led to the fall of Achaemenid Empire and of Darius III.


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Born On This Day

86 BC – Sallust, Roman historian (d. 34 BC)[21]
Gaius Sallustius Crispus, usually anglicised as Sallust (/ˈsæləst/; 86 – c. 35 BC),[1] was a Roman historian and politician from an Italian plebeian family. Sallust was born at Amiternum in the country of the Sabines and later a partisan of Julius Caesar. He is the earliest known Latin-language Roman historian with surviving works to his name, of which Conspiracy of Catiline (on the eponymous conspiracy), The Jugurthine War (on the eponymous war), and the Histories (of which only fragments survive) are still extant. Sallust was primarily influenced by the Greek historian Thucydides and amassed great and ill-gotten wealth from his governorship of Africa.[2]

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