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Alexander The great, a hero?

Post  Antiochus on Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:37 pm

Hello we all know Alexander and his achievments.

Recently i've searching about him and found some connections between him and the god (at zeus Ammon he was called the son of zeus)

So my questions is: Can you guys help me to give information about him as an hero and help me what his connection was to the gods?

Also if he was called the Son of Zeus would that mean Philip II was Zeus or who was he then if Alexander was not his son?

Thank you
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Re: Alexander The great, a hero?

Post  Erodius on Mon Oct 14, 2013 8:21 pm

Antiochus wrote:Hello we all know Alexander and his achievments.

Recently i've searching about him and found some connections between him and the god (at zeus Ammon he was called the son of zeus)

So my questions is: Can you guys help me to give information about him as an hero and help me what his connection was to the gods?

Also if he was called the Son of Zeus would that mean Philip II was Zeus or who was he then if Alexander was not his son?

Thank you
In all likelihood, the declaration by the oracle at Siwa had political motivations and origins. The Egyptians would have been quite aware of Alexander's military successess through Anatolia and the Levant, and, having been under the Persian yoke for many years, sought to approach Alexander as their deliverer and pharaoh (who, by Egyptian political custom, was considered to be an incarnate god). They knew he was successful, and would probably take Egypt anyway, so they followed a course of action that was favorable both to the Egyptians (who would be freed from Persian rule, and would avoid another war) and Alexander.

Alexander is no more or less the offspring of Jove than anybody else — there is no creation or manifestation of life in which Jove is not involved. However, though Fate and Jove's mind certainly favored Alexander's military campaigns, he was doubtlessly just a mortal man, subject to human faults, wounding, and a rather un-glorious death at a young age at the hand of a disease.

It's important not to fall into the trap of literalization — especially with regard to fantastic episodes ascribed to purely mundane and historical individuals who, quite obviously in this case, had clear sociopolitical motives for cultivating something along the lines of what we might today call a 'personality cult' of the sort that still exist around political figures whose method of rule involves winning the reverence of their subjects by elevating themselves to a quasi-divine status.

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