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Alexander the Great Discussion Series Part 8

What caused Alexander’s Death? JAMES ROMM Paul, on the question of the cause of Alexander’s death, there is a 2,000-plus year debate between poisoning theorists and medical diagnosticians, still going on today. Both Plutarch and Arrian believed th… Continue reading

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Alexander the Great Discussion Series Part 8

What was Alexander’s sexual orientation? PAUL CARTLEDGE Jamie, one aspect of Alexander’s life that still arouses huge controversy is what nowadays we’d call his sexuality or sexual identity. I remember that a rather conservative Greek lawyer, conv… Continue reading

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Alexander the Great Discussion Series Part 7

Alexander’s Fusion of European and Asian Monarchic TraditionsJAMES ROMM Paul, in our last segment we agreed to discuss what is sometimes called Alexander’s “fusion” policies — Principally, his attempt to hybridize Greco-Macedonian and Persian sty… Continue reading

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Alexander the Great Discussion Series Part 6

How religious was Alexander the Great?PAUL CARTLEDGE Jamie, it’s very hard indeed to penetrate the psychology of any prominent ancient (Greek or Roman) figure, I find, apart perhaps from Cicero and Augustine, because we usually lack the right sort… Continue reading

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Alexander the Great Discussion Series Part 5

How Great a General was Alexander?JAMES ROMM Paul, our topic this week is whether Alexander was as great a general as he’s cracked up to be. No one can deny his success rate in major battles — 100% — and his enormous skill in matters of logistic… Continue reading

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