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Alexander the Great
AlexandertheGreat
Historical Figure
Nationality: Macedon
Date of Birth: 356 BC
Date of Death: 323 BC
Cause of Death:
Religion: Polytheism
Occupation: Soldier, Monarch
Parents: Philip II of Macedon
Spouse: Roxana of Bactria
Stateira of Persia (concurrently married)
Children: Alexander IV of Macedon
Relatives: Philip III of Macedon (half-brother)
House: Argead
Political Office(s): King of Macedon, Egypt, and Persia
Turtledove Appearances:
Hellenic Traders
Set in OTL
Appearance(s): Over the Wine-Dark Sea
through
Owls to Athens
Type of Appearance: Posthumous references
|}Alexander III of Macedon (20 or 21 July 356 BC – 10 or 11 June 323 BC), popularly known as Alexander the Great (Greek: Μέγας Ἀλέξανδρος, Mégas Aléxandros), was a Greek king (basileus) of Macedon. In his brief life, he created one of the largest empires in ancient history. Born in Pella in 356 BC, Alexander received a classical Greek education under the tutorship of famed philosopher Aristotle. He succeeded his father Philip II after Philip was assassinated, and died 13 years later at the age of 32. Although both Alexander's reign and empire were short-lived, the cultural impact of his conquests lasted for centuries. Alexander was known to be undefeated in battle and is considered one of the most successful commanders of all time. He is one of the most famous figures of antiquity, and is remembered for his tactical ability, his conquests, and for spreading Greek culture into Asia and Egypt (marking the beginning of Hellenistic civilization).

The cause of Alexander's death is debated. He spent at least one night drinking and carousing without sleep. Subsequently, he fell ill with a fever. He lingered for a few days, and then died. Both poison and several diseases have been suggested, although debate continues regarding both this matter and his final resting place.

Alexander the Great in Hellenic TradersEdit

In the decade after his death, the would-be heirs of Alexander the Great battled each other over the remains of his empire.

The polis of Rhodes was not initially directly affected by these conflicts, having pushed out a Macedonian garrison shortly after Alexander's death.

Alexander the Great in Crosstime TrafficEdit

In one alternate discovered by Crosstime Traffic, the successors of Alexander the Great ruled a half dozen empires that stretched from Spain to the borders of China well into the 21st Century. Footage taken in this alternate was shown to Jeremy Solters and his fellow students in US history class.[1]

When Jeremy and his sister Amanda wondered why their station in Polisso had been cut off from the home timeline, Jeremy hoped, half jokingly, that the home timeline hadn't been invaded by people from a timeline where Alexander discovered the secret of crosstime.[2]

See AlsoEdit

  • Alcibiades, a historical Athenian military and political leader who lived and died before Alexander's birth. In the short alternate history work, "The Daimon", Alcibiades lays out plans for a large empire broadly similar to the one Alexander built in OTL.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Gunpowder Empire, chapter one.
  2. Ibid., p. 147.
Regnal titles
(OTL)
Preceded by
Philip II
King of Macedon
336–323 BC
Succeeded by
Philip III and Alexander IV
Preceded by
Darius III
Great King (Shah) of Persia
330–323 BC
Pharaoh of Egypt
332–323 BC
New creation Lord of Asia
Titular

331–323 BC

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