Alexander tries to get not only his Persian subjects, but also his Macedonians and Greeks, to bow down before him – proskynesis, as it was called, or genuflection.

But did he do it just because he was deranged? Or were there good, practical reasons for it?

Callisthenes, the official court historian, took issue with it – and, in doing so, signed his own death warrant.


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