- Oct 2007
- New York, NY
...the real point is the cultural context. We love to define this or that leader "great", following a Roman habit: Romans adored to define a leader "magno"...
Regardless, Alexander symbolizes a watershed in the development of the ruler cult; indeed, the bestowing of divine honors to a living ruler became a prevalant phenomena amid the Hellenistic Age.
Ashoka maurya alluded to something important regarding Alexander’s image: to the eastern regions of the world who knew of him fairly well, he is seen in a darker shade - hence the term of an accursed one with two-horns known as “Iskander”.
Great stuff! This could be a loaded thread, BuckBradley.
Likes: Tokugawa Ieyasu