Life Of Alexander The Great #58 – Exit Alexander

In May 323, a week before his intended invasion of Arabia, Alexander throws a party to celebrate the announcement by the oracle of Zeus Ammon at Siwah that Hephaestion is to receive a heroic cult. He is then invited to an after party attended by twenty of his inner circle. He drinks a massive cup of wine – and collapses in pain. Eight days later, the king of the world is DEAD.

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Life Of Alexander The Great #57 – MC Hammurabi

In 323, Alexander heads back to Babylon where he is met by a group of Chaldean philosophers who warn him not to enter the city. He ignores them – and then bad shit starts to happen.

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Life Of Alexander The Great #56 – War & Death

Most of this episode is us discussing what the ancient Greeks might have felt about war, violence and death. There’s also a bit on Lycurgus, the mythical founder of Sparta’s constitution, and the My Lai massacre.

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Life Of Alexander The Great #55 – Hephaestion And The Chicken

 

Hephaestion parties hard, comes down with a fever, starts to recover and then decides to celebrate with a gallon of wine and a whole chicken. It doesn’t end well.

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Life Of Alexander The Great #54 – Alexandra Morris

Our guest today is Alexandra Morris. She has an undergraduate degree in archaeology, art history, and anthropology at SUNY Potsdam and an MA in Egyptology at the University of Pennsylvania. We recently read an article about her theory that Alexander might have suffered from a condition known as CTE – Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy – a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes (and others) with a history of repetitive brain trauma. We think it’s a fascinating idea and changes the way we should think about Alexander’s later behaviour – and perhaps the behaviour of other “great men” of history, too.

If you’d like to support Alexandra’s plan to present a paper on their theory in Athens, Greece this coming June (2016, 14th Annual International Conference On History & Archaeology: Ancient to Modern), throw a few bucks in her GoFundMe account. We did!

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