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By J M O'Brien

Regardless of Alexander the Great's remarkable accomplishments, over the past seven years of his existence, this indomitable warrior grew to become more and more unpredictable, sporadically violent, megalomaniacal, and suspicious of buddies in addition to enemies. What can have brought on one of these lamentable transformation?This biography seeks to respond to that question through assessing the function of alcohol in Alexander the Great's lifestyles, utilizing the determine of Dionysus as a logo of its damaging results on his psyche. the original technique hired during this booklet explores numerous features of Alexander's lifestyles whereas retaining an ancient framework. The exposition of the most subject matter is dealt with in the sort of means that the biography will attract common readers in addition to students.

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Philip and Alexander would cross the Hellespont together, and while they were both renowned for courage, both also took unnecessary risks in battle. What if neither of them survived the invasion? In such a scenario civil war would have been likely in Macedonia unless Philip had produced another legitimate heir to the throne before his departure. A thoroughbred Macedonian boy, particularly one fathered by the man who had unified Macedonia and brought it to preeminence, would help in averting such turmoil.

4). One can only imagine Alexander’s exhilaration while sitting at the feet of a scholar whose wide interests matched his own boundless curiosity. A physician’s son, Aristotle was trained in medicine and evidently passed these skills on to his most famous pupil. 90 Aristotle also seems to have lectured on zoology and botany at Mieza, and Alexander maintained a lifelong interest in these subjects. The spirit of inquiry encouraged by Aristotle suited Alexander’s pragmatic cast of mind. Be wary of assumptions, Aristotle cautioned.

By this time he had begun to orchestrate Alexander’s education in Macedonia. Philip settled Aristotle and his students at Mieza,88 a quiet retreat with grottoes and shady walks in the eastern foothills of the Bermium mountain range, away from the clamor and intrigue of the Macedonian court. This locale, sometimes called the Precinct of the Nymphs, was situated in an area referred to as the Gardens of Midas. It included the entire wine-growing region surrounding modern Naoussa, where the legendary king Midas was supposed to have mixed wine with sacred water in order to capture Silenus and learn the secret of life from him.

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