Epic Rap Battle: Alexander vs Cyrus vs Augustus

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Alexander the Great of Macedon, Cyrus the Great of Persia and Augustus of Rome. What do they all have in common? Said to be some of the greatest leaders to ever exist, they brought their Kingdoms and Empires to new frontiers. Their people thought they were so awesome that they earned the "Great" in their name and in Augustus's case, even a month named after him - August. So who was the top dog? Let us investigate in this Epic Rap Battle of the Greats ;) [Just a really really short background info: Alexander the Great was King of Macedonia in Ancient Greece, reigning from 336-323 BCE. Cyrus the Great of Persia was the founder of the Achaemenid Empire, ruling from 559-530 BCE. Augustus was the founder of the Roman Empire (led the transition from Republic to Empire) - he reigned from 27 BCE - 14 CE]

 

So who do you think deserves to win this Epic Rap Battle? You may select a winner here in this poll! Remember, they may all have done at that time what they thought was best for their country - but we must not forget the other side of the story ;) Still, winner or loser (subjective and interpretative), they all deserve to be applauded for their bravery, loyalty and leadership - and that itself is an achievement.

References

Alexander of Macedon Alexander the Great. (n.d.). Retrieved April 07, 2016, from http://www.ancient.eu/Alexander_the_Great/ Alexander the Great. (n.d.). Retrieved April 07, 2016, from https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Alexander_the_Great Barksdale, N. (2014). 8 Surprising Facts about Alexander the Great. Retrieved April 07, 2016, from http://www.history.com/news/history-lists/eight-surprising-facts-about-alexander-the-great J. G. M.. (1933). [Review of Alexander the Great and the Unity of Mankind]. The Journal of Hellenic Studies, 53, 321–322. http://doi.org/10.2307/626410

Cyrus of Persia Cyrus II. (n.d.). Retrieved April 09, 2016, from http://www.ancient.eu/Cyrus_II/ Cyrus the Great. (n.d.). Retrieved April 09, 2016, from http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Cyrus_the_Great Mallowan, M.. (1972). Cyrus the Great (558-529 B.C.). Iran, 10, 1–17. http://doi.org/10.2307/4300460 Cyrus the Great. (n.d.). Retrieved April 09, 2016, from https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Cyrus_the_Great

Augustus of Rome History.com Staff. (2009). Emperor Augustus. Retrieved April 08, 2016, from http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/emperor-augustus Emperor Augustus. (n.d.). Retrieved April 08, 2016, from http://www.roman-empire.net/emperors/augustus-index.html Augustus. (n.d.). Retrieved April 09, 2016, from https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Augustus History Channel Documentary (2015, July 15). The Civil Wars and the Reign of Augutus. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOiJPne1hr4

Introduction background images, background beats and ending voiceover: Credits to ERB, NicePeter, epicLLOYD, Dave McCary, and Maker Studios https://www.youtube.com/user/ERB/about