By Thomas R. Martin, Christopher W. Blackwell
Every thing we all know approximately Alexander comes from historical resources, which agree unanimously that he was once outstanding and bigger than daily mortals. From his beginning right into a hypercompetitive international of royal girls via his education lower than the eyes and fists of stern squaddies and the piercing mind of Aristotle; via friendships, rivalries, conquests and negotiations; via acts of generosity and acts of homicide, this booklet explains who Alexander used to be, what prompted him, the place he succeeded (in his personal eyes) and the place he failed, and the way he believed that he earned a brand new 'mixed' nature combining the human and the divine.
This e-book explains what made Alexander 'Great' in keeping with the folks and expectancies of his time and position and rejects sleek judgments asserted at the foundation of an implicit ethical superiority to antiquity.
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A horse trader from Thessaly, a land famous for horses where Philip had close connections, brought an expensive animal for the king’s inspection. The horse was named “Bucephalas” (“Oxhead”) and, although a magnificent physical specimen suited to be a superb cavalry mount, seemed completely wild and untamable. Philip was about to send horse and salesman away, when Alexander, still a young teenager, complained out loud at the loss of such a fine beast, making it clear that he thought that the older men were too scared to ride the horse.
Alexander also complained to his friends that he was not given enough credit for the victory in that battle, or for the war with the Maedi. At this time, too, Philip accused his wife Olympias of being unfaithful and expelled her from his bedroom. This dishonor to Alexander’s mother was dishonor to her son. Competition Between Fathers and Sons Philip, Alexander’s father, was proud of his son’s early accomplishments. By the time the boy became a teenager, however, they were rivals, in a way commonly depicted in Greek myth.
Alexander’s presence and visible support was required, since the son’s demonstrated excellence and hardearned fame would reflect glory onto the father. An international crowd, Macedonians and Greeks, gathered to cheer the opening event, a parade into a large outdoor auditorium. The scale of this procession resembled the opening ceremonies of the modern Olympic games, but Philip’s procession honored gods, not athletes. He had ordered artists to make statues representing the twelve Olympian gods, decorating them with costly ornaments to show his respect.