Although in Byron's poem Charles compares the old Hetman and his mount to Alexander and Bucephalas
(101-04), Bruno Sibora argues that Byron's man and horse on the 'wild ride' form a centaur, whereas Hugo's recall Bellerophon and Pegasus (Sibora 14).
The early scene of the taming of Bucephalas
, for example, establishes a sun/shadow duality that repeats visually and metaphorically throughout the film.
At a young age (perhaps even before his teens) Alexander is said to have singlehandedly tamed an unusually fiery and exorbitantly expensive Thessalian stallion called Bucephalas
('Ox-Head'--probably named for the shape of the white blaze on his muzzle).
These omissions might be excused as an attempt to keep the narrative flowing by eschewing details, were they not followed by details about Alexander's horse, Bucephalas
, his dog, Peritas, and an elephant named Ajax.