Did Alexander The Great’s Subjects Believe He Was A God?

I wrote a piece over at The Groovy Historian, discussing whether or not Alexander The Great’s subjects believed he was a god.


Mosaic of Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great (born 356 BC) was king of the Ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon and one of the most successful military commanders in history. He succeeded his father, Philip II, at the age of just twenty, and spent most of his ruling years on a military campaign that took him through Asia and north-east Africa, until by the age of thirty he had built one of the largest empires in the ancient world. In his short life, Alexander achieved more than any Greek had hitherto known and it would not be unreasonable to assume that a large percentage of his subjects believed this grand, mystical figure to be more than a mere man. But does that mean they saw him as a god?

In 331BC, Alexander conquered the Persian Empire. This was a hierarchical empire built on personal relationships, which were nurtured by respect, flattery and generosity. It was…

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