Thats right, botanists, zoologists, geologists, geographers, and physicians were the kinds of scientists that accompanied the armies of Alexander the Great on his campaigns of military conquest beginning in 335 BCE. All because when he was a young man (youth by our standards) in Macedonia, Alexander was a student of the Greek philosopher and scientist Aristotle.
ForWhatItsWorth, I guess Alexander the Great, saw war as more than conquest, but to study the new lands as well. Knowlege is power? we think so.
Alexander the Great
- Military commanders: Alexander the Great – Changing Minds
Alexander the Great (356BC – 323BC) was the son of King Philip II of Macedonia. Educated by Aristotle, he was inspired by Homer’s heroes as he grew up in great privilege but fortunately also great learning.
- Wars of Alexander the Great – Wikipedia
The wars of Alexander the Great were fought by King Alexander III of Macedon (“The Great”), first against the Achaemenid Persian Empire under Darius III, and then against local chieftains and warlords as far east as Punjab, India.
- Alexander the Great – Wikipedia
Alexander III of Macedon (20/21 July 356 BC – 10/11 June 323 BC), commonly known as Alexander the Great (Greek: Ἀλέξανδρος ὁ Μέγας, Aléxandros ho Mégas Koine Greek: [a.lék.san.dros ho mé.gas]), was a king (basileus) of the Ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon and a member of the Argead dynasty.