Spirits in the shapes of ALEXANDER THE GREAT
, of his Paramour, of DARIUS, and of HELEN.
Considering the difficulties which men have had to hold to a newly acquired state, some might wonder how, seeing that Alexander the Great
became the master of Asia in a few years, and died whilst it was scarcely settled (whence it might appear reasonable that the whole empire would have rebelled), nevertheless his successors maintained themselves, and had to meet no other difficulty than that which arose among themselves from their own ambitions.
Must it not be to that famous elephant, with jewelled tusks, and redolent with myrrh, which was led out of an Indian town to do honor to Alexander the Great
And because my first inclination was to be entertained with scenes of pomp and magnificence, I desired to see Alexander the Great
at the head of his army, just after the battle of Arbela: which, upon a motion of the governor's finger, immediately appeared in a large field, under the window where we stood.
We see also that kings that have been fortunate conquerors, in their first years, it being not possible for them to go forward infinitely, but that they must have some check, or arrest in their fortunes, turn in their latter years to be superstitious, and melancholy; as did Alexander the Great
; Diocletian; and in our memory, Charles the Fifth; and others: for he that is used to go forward, and findeth a stop, falleth out of his own favor, and is not the thing he was.
"His name," said the Distressed One, "is not the same as Bellerophon's horse that was called Pegasus, or Alexander the Great
's, called Bucephalus, or Orlando Furioso's, the name of which was Brigliador, nor yet Bayard, the horse of Reinaldos of Montalvan, nor Frontino like Ruggiero's, nor Bootes or Peritoa, as they say the horses of the sun were called, nor is he called Orelia, like the horse on which the unfortunate Rodrigo, the last king of the Goths, rode to the battle where he lost his life and his kingdom."
"Our taste so much pleased the Squire that he insisted on being put in as one of the family, in the character of Alexander the Great
, at Olivia's feet.
It was built (although about this matter there is some dispute) by Seleucus Nicanor, the first king of the country after Alexander the Great
, in memory of his father Antiochus, and became immediately the residence of the Syrian monarchy.
There is a mythical story of a wonderful speaking-trumpet possessed by Alexander the Great
, by which he could call a soldier who was ten miles distant; but there was probably no substitute for the human voice except flags and beacon-fires, or any faster method of travel than the gait of a horse or a camel across ungraded plains.
Nero's dinner shall transform Nero into the mildest of men before he has done digesting it, and the morning draught of Alexander the Great
shall make Alexander run for his life at the first sight of the enemy the same afternoon.
Was not a bowl of wine the cause of the demise of Alexander the Great
, or, at least, does not Dr.
In Alexander the Great
: His Life and His Mysterious Death (Random House, $30, 9780425286524, audio/eBook available), Everitt, an expert storyteller, has written a riveting narrative that restores Alexander to his own context--and takes a whack at solving the remaining mysteries.