A tomb now suffices him for whom the whole world was not sufficient… Alexander the Great


A noted archeological pathologist of our acquaintance insists that one of the great advances Alexander discovered in India was a strip of cloth, impregnated with spices, that was sensitive to heat and changed colors as the day got hotter. It was a toxic reaction to this cloth that killed him and although he is gone we still have Alexander’s rag time band!

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The death of Alexander the Great : what or who really killed the young conqueror of the known world? New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2004 Paul Doherty Alexander, the Great, 356-323 B.C. Death and burial Hardcover. 1st Carroll & Graf ed.  xix, 236 p. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-225) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

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In May 323 BC Alexander of Macedonia fell ill in Babylon. Within ten days he was dead. A military genius who raged through the Persian empire, Alexander believed he was the son of God, with a desire for everlasting glory and an urge to march and conquer the world.

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The Death of Alexander the Great critically analyzes this extraordinary conqueror who achieved so much before he died at the early age of 33. Alexander was a man who wanted to be a God, a Greek who wanted to be a Persian, a defender of liberties who spent most of his life taking away the liberties of others, and a king who could be compassionate to the lowliest yet ruthlessly wipe out an ancient city like Tyre and crucify 3,000 of its defenders.

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Doherty scrutinizes the circumstances surrounding Alexander’s death as he lay sweating beside a swimming pool in the summer palace of the Persian kings. Did Alexander die of alcoholism, a hideous bout of malaria, or were other factors involved? Alexander had been warned not to enter Babylon, so he surrounded himself with outstanding captains of war. This book is a dramatic reassessment of the leader’s mysterious final days.

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