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The Sentence: In 334 B.C., Alexander the Great took his Greek armies to the east and in only a few years completed his creation of an empire out of much of southwest Asia.

Question: In this sentence, why does the author use "out of much of southwest Asia". What does he mean?

  • He means just what he says: Alexander did not conquer all of southwest Asia, just a big part of it. – Robusto Jun 19 at 12:09
  • Well, to say he created an empire is pushing it, surely. He never ruled it; he died before there was anything but a formal proclamation of empire, and it fell apart immediately into squabbling principalities. – John Lawler Jun 19 at 14:52
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From Oxford Dictionaries:

out of
1 Indicating the source or derivation of something; from.
‘a bench fashioned out of a fallen tree trunk’

In this case, the author means that Alexander created an empire whose territory was made from a large part of southwest Asia.

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