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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2018 12:37 p.m. PST

"King Darius planned on fighting Alexander on the wide Syrian plains.This tactic would have allowed Darius the opportunity of surrounding Alexander's greatly outnumbered army.

Darius decided to rest his troops at the Pinarus river during his pursuit of Alexander. Alexander learned of Darius's location and immediately executed his strategy of fighting Darius on the plains of the Pinarus, which was shut in by the mountains and sea.

This tactical move prevented Darius from surrounding the Macedonian's outnumbered army and Alexander's eventual probable defeat…."
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Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2018 3:45 p.m. PST

Yep. The boy was a military genius.

Marcus Brutus15 Sep 2018 6:03 p.m. PST

In the article the author makes a critical error. He suggest that Darius learned from his mistakes at the Granicus. "The mistake that Darius made at the Battle of Granicus was not repeated at the Battle of Issus." But of course, Darius wasn't present at the Grancius. When an author makes a basic error as this it seems clear to me that his other commentary must be suspect.

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