- Nov 2008
That's interesting. Gabriel doesn't pull any punches on Alexander. He criticizes his generalship and his mental health (I suppose murdering your friends while on a drunken bender isn't an act of sanity) and directly calls him a conquistador whose credit really deserves to go to the subordinate generals and army created by his father.
When Alexander`s sarcophagus was brought from its shrine, Augustus gazed at the body, then laid a crown of gold on its glass case and scattered flowers to pay his respects. When they asked if he would like to see Ptolemy too, "I wished to see a king", he replied, "I did not wish to see corpses."
Suetonius, Life of Augustus.
As for the exact thoughts in Alexander`s mind, I am neither able nor concerned too guess them, but this I think I can state, that nothing common or mean would have been his intention; he would not have remained content with any of his conquests, not even if he had added the British Isles to Europe; he would always have searched beyond for something unknown, and if there had been no other competition, he would have competed against himself.
Arrian, Alexander`s Expedition.
Concerning those generals. Five years after Alexander`s death, his generals in Asia met in Persia to sort out their differences. They would not even sit together, until the suggestion was made to use Alexander`s royal tent. There they sat, before his royal robes, his sceptre, and his empty throne. This way they could perhaps talk as equals, and discuss matters as if with his unseen presence. But it wasn`t the same, the mood had disappeared that had once been there.