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A brief summary of Alexander the Great

Updated on August 17, 2009

The son of King Phillip II of Macedon, educated by the philosopher Aristotle, Alexander first led troops at age 18. After his father's death he became king, destroyed the Evil Empire,  Persia, and conquered much of the civilized world. In 323 BC, at age 33, he died after heavy drinking. It has been suggested he was poisoned by a rejected gay lover, of which he had many. 

Alexander the Gay

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      Lgali 8 years ago

      good one

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      Shannon 8 years ago from New York

      Alexander the GAY! Too funny! That he was, and he didn't seem to hide it... but neither did any of them back then! I swear the whole empire were full of bisexual men...hmmm?

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      William F Torpey 8 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      The 1956 movie, "Alexander the Great" starring Richard Burton is one of my favorites. Burton never wore high heels. My image of young Alexander, the great conqueror, has been destroyed forever!

      I had a friend and co-worker at The Hour newspaper who was fond of sketching some very funny cartoons of his fellow editors -- often wearing high heels and long curly hair. Very funny!

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      maven101 8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Hi Bill...No, I agree, Sir Richard would never be caught wearing heels....( A mental image of him wearing spikes is cracking me up )...

      Did your friend wear the heels while sketching, or did he do sketches of his fellow workers wearing heels..?

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      William F Torpey 8 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      That mental imageof Richard Burton in heels made me ROFL, too. My friend didn't put himself in heels, but nearly everyone else. He claimed he wasn't good at drawing females, but his males in female get-ups sure were funny.

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      mikeq107 8 years ago

      Ok Now we know what Collin Farrel really looks like Lol

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      maven101 8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      HAW !!! Colin Farrel indeed..!

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      Daryl Davis 8 years ago from San Jose, CA

      I'm going to have to be more careful. I laughed so hard, I almost sprayed my computer with coffee.

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      maven101 8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Hi Daryl...oh boy...coffee and computers...that would not be a good thing...

      I cannot begin to imagine walking around dressed like that....the guy must have b..ls of steel...or a head full of cement..

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      C. C. Riter 8 years ago

      Oh now ya did it. ROFL. You have some twisted humor too. That image will haunt me forever when I think of the man. That sort of thing was normal in those days, well except for the cross dressing, don't know about that. funny man

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      maven101 8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      CC...Thanks for the comments...yeah, my wife says the same thing; my humor is strange....but she must like it, since she has stuck around for 42 years now....

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      Iphigenia 8 years ago

      hee hee - brief and brilliant - love your humour

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      maven101 8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Iphigenia: Thanks for the nice comment...Just looking at your picture I can see you have a bit of the devil in you too...nice smile.

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      myra636 7 years ago from Viginia

      I was once told that back then the young men or boys wore for fun and the women wore just for babies they really did not care any port in a storm is how I see they looked at it

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Myra...Thanks for the comment...Yes, homosexuality was quite common in ancient cultures. And not only men...The Greek island of Lesbos in the Aegean comes to mind. Several Roman Caesars wives were known to have female lovers, while their husbands slept with young boys...Athletes were given young men for their pleasure, and captive men were cruelly debased when made to fornicate with animals to a cheering audience of Romans...an acceptable and common practice stated by the vox populi. No wonder Rome fell.

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      Rob Welsh 7 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      I think the bush dwellers in Bumble Town could suffer this same fate, as there certainly is an adsence of something there! Well done Maven... you are as your smile suggests... A Hard Case (kiwi slang for being humo(u)rous).. I think my mum, might have meet your dad during WW2 she was a nurse a Burwood Hosp. and you know what nurses were to the troops. I look forward to meeting you Sir.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Pearldiver...Thank you for the comments...BTW, a hard case in American slang refers to a rather hard-boiled, been there, done that individual that didn't parse words or suffer fools gladly....Come to think of it, both definitions probably apply...

      If your Mom met my Dad it would have been an unforgettable experience...he was 6'5" with a wicked sense of humor, and was irresistible to the fair sex, so I was told ( by him of course )....

      Perhaps one day we will meet my friend...We have always wanted to visit the land of the Long White Cloud...

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      love my yorkies 7 years ago from way out west

      was expecting something more historical not hysterical, but loved it just the same. the mental image i carry of Alexander has been warped for all time. just a little jealous you thought of it first Ha Ha

      lol

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      LMY... Thanks for the comments....yes, my take on Alex perhaps leans a little on the humorous side of history, particularly with the editorial license I took with the picture....actually, I could have titled the picture " The Gay Jihadist "...now that would calm some fears....

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I'm curious; how many different written records do we have that include Alexander?

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      nicomp....there are many "records" of Alexander that go back to Greek and Roman historians....I take any history with a grain of salt....history is written by the victors, so use that as a criteria for belief....thanks for the comment...

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      WTucker 7 years ago from Florida

      He didnt hide it because at the time is was expected and almost encouraged by academics. I have heard from profesors that homosexual sex was not the same then as it is now. It was supposedly more of a rubbing thing. Just a little historical perspective not a justification. My image of him was also forever marred after watching the movie.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      When you said brief you meant brief!  I hit the "down page" button and I was in the comments already!  I like a man who can be pithy.  As a friend I mean. 

      I had not seen that photo of Alexander before and I must say I am taken aback by his appearance.  He didn't look as I expected at all.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      WTucker...Thanks for the comment and observations...True, Alexander was who he was; a man of his times...Brilliant, decadent, spoiled, and very aggressive... his education at the foot of Aristotle certainly influenced his world view, and probably provided a solid foundation for his massive ego...after his death the Empire disintegrated, leaderless and squabbling amongst his generals...

      One man can make a tremendous difference, for good or evil....Larry

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      James...Thanks for the pithy comments...Yes, Alexander would probably laugh at this picture himself...can't imagine him riding Bucephalus with those shoes..!!

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      Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      LOL That's too much!

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Thanks for the comment Neil...I knew you would enjoy that bit of historical humor...Larry

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      James Brown 7 years ago from United States of America

      You have me going for a while there until I saw the picture. He look a little like my cousin Mike in Virginia....Hmmmmmm. LOL

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      James Brown 7 years ago from United States of America

      You had me going for a while there. Alaxander the gay looks a lot like my cousin Mike in Virginia..Hmmmmm!

      LOL

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      Mr. Happy 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      This might be a little off topic but what was it about the Ancient Greek men that turned some of them towards other men? I think the Japanese samurai went gay once in a while too ... where they simply gay men or was there something more to that?

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      jxb...Does Mike wear blue heels..? Thanks for the comment...just having a little fun with history....Larry

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      Jess Killmenow 7 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

      History is so amazing. Thank you, Maven

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Mr Happy....That is a difficult question to answer with any authority...Seemingly straight citizens of Rome would casually have a boy and wife for alternating bed mates...the inception of organized religion and the associated guilt defined therein contributed to the defining assumptions that homosexual activity was abnormal, aberrant, and condemned by God....The ancient Greeks and Romans had no such restrictions or condemnations...

      Yes, the Japanese Samurai were strangely effeminate both in their interpersonal relationships and in their erotic haiku poetry...Larry

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Jess...It sure is, and we are making some right now that will affect several generations to come...Wilson proved a fool, lets hope Obama's progressive proposals don't drive us towards the same tragic result...Depression...Larry

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      Kim Garcia 7 years ago

      Thanks for the laugh. My entire family got a good chuckle out of this one!!!!

      As a former fashion photographer I've seen these legs on many catwalks. Teehee...but this one definitely needs major hormone replacement therapy!! LOL!! Where did you capture Alexander the Gay....Venice Beach? 2 funny!

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Kim...Thanks for the great comments...This guy was walking through Golden Gate Park in SF, selling something I definitely wasn't buying...Larry

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Oh, Larry...too funny!

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Hi habee...You have any critters running around where you live..? definitely on the endangered list....You like his shoes..?..Larry

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      Eastern Rainbow 7 years ago

      Very good-looking

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      ER...Thanks for the comment...Larry

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Larry, this guy looks a lot like a man (?) who used to walk the tiny town of which we lived near. Only our guy had a poodle on a leash that wore an outfit matching his owner's ensemble! Wish I had taken pics!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hehehehe, funny, I have a daughter named Alexandria, not in honor of HIM< lol, Maita

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      habee...That is some fashion statement...Are you sure HE wasn't on the leash..? Thanks for stopping by...Larry

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Maita...Hello Pretty One...

      Alexandria is a beautiful name, I especially like the shortened use of Alex in the feminine use of the name...it seems to carry a mysterious strength and depth, yet retains a certain sophistication that is appealing to strong men...I'm glad you enjoyed the Hub...Did you like his shoes ?....Larry

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      bingskee 7 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      Larry, this is truly funny. a good one to start with after i am back hubhopping!

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Thank you Maria...And speaking of names, yours is described in West Side Story as " Maria, say it quietly, and it is almost like praying "....Hope you are having a great week, thanks for leaving comments...you are always welcome here...Larry

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      KellyEngaldo 7 years ago

      I love history - isn't is amazing - how similar people are throughout the world - throughout the ages. We are unique yet so similar! Great poignant history lesson!

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Thank you Kelly...Indeed, we are all unique, yet we share so much in common...Every culture has love and community, yet most are different in how that is displayed...Thanks for stopping by and leaving your appreciated comments..Larry

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      bonetta hartig 7 years ago from outback queensland

      nice legs - shame about the face - tell me the photo was a set up....good hub.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      bonny...Nope, no setup...The guy exists, and is a regular in Golden Gate Park...God truly does have a wicked sense of humor...live and let live, I say...Thanks for dropping by...Larry

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      That must be the shortest history lesson ever, and none the worse for that! The pic is great too!

      Love and peace

      Tony

      PS How about some more Hubs - I'm running out of Hubs of yours to comment on!? LOL!

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      aware 6 years ago from West Palm Beach Florida.

      Larry in 30 minutes today you've made me cry . And then made me smile . This pic is the coolest . Now that guy has style and no fear. Hes working those purple pumps. And doing it with a full beard at that . Thanks Your buddy

      Ray.

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Ray...Sounds like you are having an interesting Monday...That guy was happily strolling through Golden Gate Park in San Francisco last year...I agree, he is fearless, and maybe just a tad different...Still, he listens to his own drummer...more power to him...Thanks for stopping by...Larry

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      Ghost32 6 years ago

      Okay, Larry, now you've done it! Here Alexander the Great had long been one of my heroes. Why, the guy could do no wrong! Um, except for going over a wall alone in India and getting a lung skewered...and actually believing that conquest would work out great as long as the native cultures were more or less left in place...and...

      Okay, Alexander the Gay it is!

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Morning Ghost...Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule between building your dream home for Pam and contributing great Hubs on the body politic...I believe Aristotle had much to do with Alex's strategy as a benevolent dictator...The Romans did much the same in modern day France and England...their far flung occupation troops brought their own wives and children or intermarried with the local populace, adopting many of their indigenous customs and laws and melding into the culture...

      Go Sarah, Beat Blue...Larry

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      vivekananda 6 years ago from India

      Alexander without a horse to ride?

      Maven, I think he must be looking for a gay horse...LOL

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      hubber-2009 6 years ago from India

      for a five line hub.. so many comments... that means that you have posted some unaccepted, unbelievable topic...

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      vivekananda...I don't know if Bucephalus was gay, but the last part of his name ( phalus ) leaves one to think you may be on to something...

      Thanks for the comment....Larry

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      hubber2009...I'll take that as a compliment...Thanks for stopping by...Larry

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      Kamran100 6 years ago

      haha how nice photos.....lol

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Kamran...Did you like his shoes..? Thanks for stopping by and commenting...Larry

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      Kamran100 6 years ago

      yes i like it but just watching point of view. not for himself....hahahah....man are looking very funny in shoes.. funny man wear funny shoes..

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      mega1 6 years ago

      you are a bit of an enigma - maybe just non-judgmental and so I cannot figure out whether you approve of homosexuality or just have a neutral interest? I love that pic!

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Hi mega...Thanks for stopping by and commenting...To answer your question, I do consider homosexual activity as aberrant to nature...There is no issue in a homosexual relationship, hence denying a basic imperative of nature: Survival of the species through procreation...

      Having said that, I understand that gays may not have any choice in the matter, if indeed it is a natural occurring phenomenon beyond their control...As long as no harm, physical or mental, is projected on myself or my family, I have no problem with these relationships, provided they are kept private and in the bedroom...Most gays know and respect this understanding...its the 10% in-your-face activists that demand status as a protected class and acceptance by society in their challenge to the institution of marriage...I would expect equal treatment under the law for those gay couples that have entered into a lawful contract, that would include all the rights of a married couple...Larry

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      jet rosales 6 years ago

      yeah!he's gay but showed his bravery in fighting the persians and yet,he loves his parents.

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      jet...I don't know if he was gay or not...And even if he was gay, what does that have to do with being brave or loving ones parents..? Heterosexuals do not have a monopoly on bravery or filial love...The truth is, we just don't know with any certainty that he was gay...History is writ by humans, and humans are fallible, fickle, and sometimes fallacious...Perhaps the truth lies somewhere in the middle...it may have been that his culture accepted homosexuality as a part of the norm...so who are we to judge another cultures morality..?

      Thanks for commenting, Larry

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      sam 6 years ago

      you're so beautiful ALEXANDER THE GAYYY..

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Hi sam...Thanks for stopping by and shedding your praise on Alex...Do you like his shoes..?...Larry

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      Prisana Nuechterlein 5 years ago from Thailand and Colorado

      I had my coffee ready preparing myself for an informative and interesting historical read about Alexander the Great. Lo and behold, there was one paragraph and then this hilarious picture and then nothing more except a million comments. Funny one! I would write more, but then my comment would be longer than your hub. Thanks for the laugh.

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      maven101 5 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Hi Prisana...Welcome to Hubpages...Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments...Just having a bit of fun at Alex's expense...hope you didn't spill your coffee !...Larry

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      femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

      So,

      Is there to be a Part II?

      You had me hooked and then POOF! The ride was over way too soon, lol.

      femme

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      maven101 5 years ago from Northern Arizona

      femme...Like most good humor, the KISS formula works best...Did you like his shoes..?...Larry

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      femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

      Larry,

      I'm a mortician, and I'd not be caught dead in those, lol!

      femme

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      maven101 5 years ago from Northern Arizona

      femme...I can't resist...I must share this joke with you:

      A man and his nagging wife were visiting the Holy Land when she died suddenly...The local undertaker told the man that it would cost 5000.00 to ship her home, but that he could bury her here, in the Holy Land, for 150.00...The man thought for a while then informed the undertaker that he was sending her home...But why, exclaimed the undertaker, when she could be buried here in the Holy Land for just 150.00..?

      The man replied: A long time ago a man died here, was buried, and three days later he arose from the dead...I'm not taking any chances of that happening with my wife.....Larry

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