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alexcat ([personal profile] alexcat) wrote2017-06-10 09:25 am

Saturday's Personality

Today the person I will post about is Alexander the Great. He died at 33 around this time in June in 323BC. I have been fascinated by him since we were taught about him in the third grade. He was the King of Macedonia and forged an empire that stretched from Greece to Northern India. He was a master general at the age of 18 and had conquered a good portion of the world by his death at 33.

He was born in Macedonia to King Philip II and his wife, a princess from what is today Albania. He was rumored, even then, to be fathered by Zeus himself. Legend says he got his beloved Bucephalas, the steed he rode all the way into India, when he was a young teen.

He and his companions studied under Aristotle and trained to be warriors together. They would eventually conquer the world together as well. One of his friends was Hephaestion, a youth who though not noble by birth, became Alexander's favorite companion and perhaps his lover as well.

Alexander is known for his generalship at such a young age. As long as men fought on foot and horseback, Alexander's tactics were used successfully. His father was said to be a brilliant general as well.

After his death, his companions fought over the spoils he left and his kingdom soon dissolved - perhaps the only thing holding it together was Alexander himself.

I have written several stories about Alexander - many of which you can find Here. You might need to friend me to read them.

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