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LGBT People Of History Part Two Alexander The Great

Updated on April 3, 2012
Alexander & His Beloved Hephaestian
Alexander & His Beloved Hephaestian | Source
Alexander Outside The Temple
Alexander Outside The Temple | Source
Bagaos Dancing
Bagaos Dancing | Source
The Persian Empire During Alexander's Rule
The Persian Empire During Alexander's Rule | Source

Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great - perhaps the most famous leader of pre-Roman times was born in 356BCE. He was born into a stongly patriarchal society in which being a warrior was the pinnacle of achievement.

His tutor in his younger years was Aristotle. In the society in which he grew up the norm was that men had young male lovers. Alexander broke the mould in that he had a deep love for a man his own age – his childhood friend Hephaestion. It was to become legendary because of its passion.

As they crossed Asia en route to Persia, they arrived at Troy and they stopped to proclaim their love in front of the tombs of Achilles and Patroclus, a couple who were also devoted to each other in very ancient times.

Alexander did marry women – twice – but it was said by many that he was “not at ease with sex (with women)” Olympias, his mother and Philip, his father were very keen for him to have children and indeed he did father a child.

Alexander had at least one other great love in his life. This was Bagoas, a eunuch, who was exceptionally good looking and quite candid in his speech. The two of them became lifelong friends and lovers. Bagoas was given a villa near Babylon and he even oversaw the construction of a navy for Alexander’s voyage back to Greece.

But it was Hephaestion who was the real love of his life. When Hephaestion died as they were on their way home from India, Alexander was utterly devastated and he lay on his body for an entire day before being dragged off. He then commanded that mourning should take place. Alexander had survived many severe battle wounds but took sick and died in Babylon soon after probably of a broken heart. He was 33.

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      Callum 6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Thank you so much Sligo for pointing that out we actually may use that as our next feature in the series. Thanks again xx

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      sligobay 6 years ago from east of the equator

      Great article but LGBT history begins in the earliest written story in the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh. Give it a read and you will agree.

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      Callum 6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Hi TENKAY

      Thank you so much am so glad you have enjoyed this hub and I hope you do enjoy reading more of our works :)

      Thanks again for commenting and look forward to seeing more of your comments :) xx

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      TENKAY 6 years ago from Philippines

      Really! I mean really!!!! I've been uttering these words as I read your hub. I guess I said it three times already while reading... I am learning, thank you. I am glad I discovered your hubs and thanks for following me.

      I will devote this afternoon to reading your hubs, my mornings are for household chores.

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      alian346 6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Thanks again, Dexter - you may get some surprises from our future Hubs!


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      Callum 6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Hi Dexter there is a lot more to come and your very welcome and we hope that you will come back to view our next ones :)

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      Dexter Yarbrough 6 years ago from United States

      Hi Cal! I was certainly unaware of this bit of history about Alexander the Great. Thanks for sharing!

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      Callum 6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      We did good Ian :) xx

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      alian346 6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Well done, co-conspirator!



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