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Alexander III of Macedon, aka “The Great”. We’ve all heard of him. He’s one of the most famous military 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, 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?

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

Come with us on a 122 episode journey (130+ hours!) and understand this period of history – from Alexander’s father, Philip II of Macedon, through to Alexander’s successors, the Diadochi – like never before.


How To Listen FAQ

We are going to try something different with this podcast. A number of episodes are free (so you can get a taste for what we do if you haven’t listened to our shows before), but if you want to listen to the entire series you’ll need to sign up to be a premium member. However, students can subscribe for free.


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Here’s the first episode, which you can listen to for free, and you can listen to the other free episodes here.


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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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