April 1, 2016 cameron

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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