The modern world we live in was shaped by rulers and empires in the past. Wars were, and are, inevitable but it’s the reasons behind them that have captivated researchers and history buffs.

From the east to the west, kings and generals waged battles in the name of land and power, hoping to gain glory and be remembered as the greatest and most powerful ruler of all time.

Here are some of the more important and consequential battles they waged that changed the course of our world: