Alexander III of Macedon, aka “The Great”. We’ve all heard of him. He’s one of the most famous leaders in all of history. But how much do you really know about his life and adventures?

Born in 356 BCE, tutored by Aristotle, he succeeded his father, Philip II, as king at the age of 20.
To put that in perspective, Gaius Julius Caesar was 41 when he first commanded an army in Gaul and Napoleon Bonaparte was 30 when he became First Consul of France. By the time Alexander died, a mere 13 years later, he had built an empire that spanned two-thirds of the known world.

Why is he still remembered today as one of the great military geniuses?
How is his story relevant to the modern world?
How can we find an endless supply of catchphrases and silly jokes out of his story?

Those are some of the questions we are going to ask on this show. Like the rest of our historical series, we’re going to start at the beginning (actually, a little before that, with Philip) and tell a linear story covering the entire life and saga.

Come with us on a journey.




The Hosts

Cameron Reilly

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Cameron is the producer and co-host of the Life Of Caesar podcast, one of the top rated podcasts in the world on iTunes. He also used to co-host The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast, one of the world’s first history podcasts. He was also the co-founder of The Podcast Network, the world’s original podcast production company, way back in 2004. He was also the host of “G’Day World“, the very first Australian podcast, which later turned into “The No Illusions Podcast“. He likes reading about history and science and upsetting people with his opinions.
Follow Cameron on Twitter and Facebook.

Ray Harris Jr

Ray is the co-host of the Life Of Caesar podcast and has a degree in history from James Madison University. He lives in Virginia with his family and lots of snakes. He is also the host of the much loved WWII History Podcast.
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How To Listen FAQ

We are going to try something different with this podcast. While the first episode is free (so you can get a taste for what we do if you haven’t listened to our schtick before), the rest of the series will be Premium Episodes (subscriber-only). However, students can subscribe for free.


We have been podcasting for ten years. People seem to like what we do. We put a lot of time and energy into producing our shows. Up until now, we have given them away for free. Between all of the podcast series we have produced over the last decade, we have given away something like 1000 hours of free content which have been listened to by an estimated one million people.

So now we want to try to earn a living out of it. Is that bad? We hope that over the next few years, we might be able to produce a handful of concurrent series on topics ranging from history to politics and to earn a comfortable living from it. With the amount of work it takes to produce a show, we need to have the hours available to us. We can’t produce a couple of podcasts a week AND continue to work our day jobs. Advertising isn’t a model we have much faith in – we tried that back in 2005 with The Podcast Network and learned that it can all disappear overnight (which is what happened when the GFC hit).

For a few years, Kevin Kelly, founding executive editor of WIRED Magazine, has been promoting this idea of 1000 True Fans:

“The gist of 1,000 True Fans can be stated simply: A creator, such as an artist, musician, photographer, craftsperson, performer, animator, designer, videomaker, or author – in other words, anyone producing works of art – needs to acquire only 1,000 True Fans to make a living.”

We like that idea. 1000 people sounds like a reasonable goal. Out of the million people who have enjoyed our previous podcasts for free over the last ten years, we hope we can find 1000 True Fans who are willing and able to support our work.


If you aren’t already familiar with our work, then we suggest you go and listen to our other shows. If you don’t trust we’ll do a good job with Alexander, then don’t sign up. But we think we’ve proven our mettle and have a pretty good track record. Napoleon ran for about 60 episodes. WWII is still running and has a over 100 episodes. Our Life Of Caesar show has 48 episodes under its belt and and now we’re doing the Life Of Augustus Caesar. The No Illusions Show ran for over 400 episodes.


If you don’t enjoy the show, then you can always cancel your subscription. No problem. Just go into your PayPal and cancel.


Thanks! We won’t let you down! Once you register, you’ll get an email with instructions for how to subscribe to the show like any other podcast – in iTunes and a variety of popular iOS and Android podcast apps. Scroll down for the registration options!

Here’s the first episode, which you can listen to FOR FREE.


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Life Of Alexander The Great #79 – The Greek


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Life Of Alexander The Great #78 – Triple Paradise


In the late summer of 320, the anti-Perdiccan camp held a conference at a place called Triparadeisus in Syria or Lebanon. Triparadeisus means ‘triple paradise'. Which is also a nasty sex act, but don't get us started on that. And a sixteen year old girl nearly turned the tables on all of them in a single day. HOW TO LISTEN

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Life Of Alexander The Great #77 – JAMES ROMM


James Romm is an author, reviewer, and the James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Classics at Bard College in Annandale, NY. After getting his B.A. in Classics from Yale, he went on to earn a Ph.D. from Princeton in 1988. He has taught Greek language, literature and history at Bard College since 1990. He is also the author of GHOST

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LEVEL 2. “Hetairoi”: For those who want to contribute a little more, the medium subscription level is our heavy cavalry, known as the “Companion cavalry”, or Hetairoi – the elite arm of the Macedonian army. Being a Hetairoi costs   $10 / mth or $120 / yr.

LEVEL 3. “Diadochi”: The very top level of support is to become one of our generals – the Diadochi. The Macedonian generals carved the empire up after Alexander’s death (323 B.C.) and founded famous states and dynasties—guys like Antipater, Perdiccas, Ptolemy I, Seleucus I, Antigonus I, and Lysimachus. Becoming a Diadochi costs $20 / mth or $240 / yr.

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