Conquerors come in many shapes and sizes, although most people don\t remember the true ones; I guess most dudes will be thinking about those cool cats, acting all awesome and impressing the girls. But ;et’s remember people like Napoleon, who stood at around five and a half feet tall, Charlemagne and all of history’s greatest rulers. Here are the 10 most successful conquerors ever. Take notes, boys!
10. Pharaoh Thutmose III (1479 – 1425 BC)
Thutmose III was the sixth Pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty. He inherited the throne of Egypt at age seven and spent the first 22 years of his reign as co-regent alongside his father’s wife. When she died he conquered lands in Palestine, Syria, Mesopotamia, and Nubia, and came to a great understanding of sea power and supply lines. Thutmose established Egypt as a major power in the eastern Mediterranean and his humane. How about that?
9. Napoleon Bonaparte (1804 – 1814, 1815)
Napoleon rose to power during the latter stages of the French Revolution. He became Emperor of the French in 1804 and implemented many liberal reforms across Europe, including the abolition of feudalism and the spread of religious tolerance. He was a brilliant strategist and general, and his army conquered most of continental Europe. At his peak Napoleon ruled over 70 million people and 720,000 square miles of land.
8. Augustus Caesar (27 BC – 14 AD)
Born Gaius Octavius, Augustus Caesar formed the Second Triumvirate with Mark Antony and Marcus Lepidus, and when the Triumvirate separated the Republic into three divisions, Augustus gained great power and eventually founded the Roman Empire and became its first emperor. Augustus led the empire into its most prosperous period, doubling its size after defeating Cleopatra and seizing Egypt. He also expanded the empire into Hungary, Croatia, Spain, and Gaul.
7. Hannibal Barca
While not technically a conqueror, and not that popular, Hannibal is considered a father of military strategy and one of the greatest military minds in history. He invaded the Roman Empire with his Carthaginian forces by bringing elephants through the Alps and defeating them in numerous battles, including battles at Trebia, Trasimene, and Cannae. He never lost on the battlefield to the Romans during the Second Punic War, and became one of the first users of the pincer tactic to cause massive devastation in rope-a-dope type situations to opposing armies.
6. Charlemagne (800 – 814)
Charles the Great was the King of the Franks, Italy, Germany, and the first emperor in Western Europe since the collapse of the Western Roman Empire three centuries earlier. He is called the “Father of Europe” for uniting most of Western Europe under his Carolingian Empire for the first time since the Romans. He spread Christianity throughout the region and fought Muslim Saracens and pagan Saxons.
5. Attila the Hun (434 – 453)
During its peak, the Hunnic Empire stretched over 1,450,000 square miles of land, expanding from the Rhine River in modern day Germany across the Baltic Sea to Central Asia. Known as the “Scourge of God,” Attila began his rule by slaughtering Goth tribes and then attacking a weak Roman Empire. He pillaged and devastated Western and Eastern Rome for nearly 20 years before dying by choking on his own blood in his sleep. Ironic, isn’t it?
4. Timur (1370 – 1405)
Timur was a Turko-Mongol conqueror and founder of the Timurid Dynasty in Central Asia. Timur led military campaigns across West, South, and Central Asia, and became the most powerful ruler in the Muslim world after defeating the emerging Ottoman Empire, the declining Sultanate of Delhi, and the Mamluks of Egypt and Syria. During its peak his dynasty controlled an astounding 2,145,000 square miles of land, and his vast conquests caused about 17 million deaths.
3. Cyrus the Great (559 – 530 BC)
Cyrus the Great was the founder of the Achaemenid or Persian Empire. He was called the King of the Four Corners of the World after conquering most of Southwest Asia, Central Asia, and the Caucasus. He was well recognized for respecting religions and customs of the lands he conquered, championing human rights, and influencing both Eastern and Western cultures. He freed the Jews in Babylon and many Jews still call him a Messiah.
2. Alexander the Great (336 – 326 BC)
Alexander III of Macedon accomplished more in his 32 years than maybe anyone else in history. He was tutored by Aristotle and had conquered Greece and set sail to Asia Minor by the time he was 22. He destroyed the armies of Darius III in Syria, gained control of the entire Eastern Mediterranean coast, liberated Egypt, and pushed to India before deserting his campaign at the behest of his army. He named 20 cities after himself, created trade between the East and West, and changed the course of human history.
1. Genghis Khan (1206 – 1227)
Temujin – the Great Khan and founder of the Mongol Empire – created what would become the largest contiguous empire in history, covering 4,860,000 square miles. Temujin was born to a small tribe, but he eventually united the Mongolian tribes and conquered territories as far apart as Northern China and Afghanistan. Genghis Khan valued quality over quantity, and his mounted archers were unmatched in warfare.