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What is so "Great" approximately Alexander? examine this notorious chief and discover.
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When he 31 – Alexander the Great – was strong enough, he defeated his father, confined him to everlasting imprisonment, and became king of the gods himself. For Alexander, this gruesome story revealed a cosmic truth about fathers and sons. §7. The conflict between father and son became a crisis after Philip arranged another marriage for himself, to Cleopatra the niece of Attalus, an aristocrat and one of Philip’s generals. Philip intended this marriage to create a strong bond between the king and a commander who would spearhead the attack on Persia, but the banquet celebrating the upcoming ceremony turned into a family disaster.
Desire was the wild animal in human nature, perverting the mind with visions of exercising power to satisfy one’s every craving. A ruler who followed these animal urges would ironically end up being like a god among human beings, someone with no equal, a total king who was himself the law without consideration of others’ needs or desires. Like a god, he could if he wished provide benefits to people, but he was under no compulsion or necessity to do anything other than satisfy his own desire. If his subjects angered him, he could punish or kill them without remorse, just like a god.
He had arranged 41 – Alexander the Great – the outrage that drove Pausanias to kill Philip, but his real crimes were drunkenly insulting Alexander’s legitimacy at the wedding banquet for Philip and, now, his reported plotting to overthrow the new king. Alexander’s agents found Attalus stationed in northwestern Anatolia with his fellow general and father-in-law Parmenion and the advance forces of the Macedonian army. When Alexander’s men killed Attalus, neither Parmenion nor the soldiers made any public reaction.
Alexander the Great: The Story of an Ancient Life by Professor Thomas R. Martin, Visit Amazon's Christopher W. Blackwell Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Christopher W. Blackwell,