a person given or held as security for the fulfillment of certain conditions or terms, promises, etc by another
hostage
a military machine that threw stones at enemy forces
catapult
to acquire by force of arms; win in a war; to conquer a foreign land
conquering
functioning without an adequate order, systemization or planning
disorganized
the ruler who built a vast empire east through Central Asia and brought about a cultural blending
Alexander the Great
a culture that combined Greek, Persian, Egyptian, and Indian styles
Hellenistic
an important Egyptian city and learning center founded by Alexander the Great
Alexandria
extremely hungry
famished
very unfortunate in condition or circumstances: miserable; pitiable
wretched
a ratio where the first term is compared to 100
percent