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Alexander the Great$
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John Boardman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691181752

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691181752.001.0001

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His Body and Burial

His Body and Burial

(p.23) II His Body and Burial
Alexander the Great

John Boardman

Princeton University Press

This chapter talks about how the early accounts of Alexander's death essentially imply that it was the result of overmuch drinking, or drinking tainted wine, and probably an ensuing stroke, at Babylon. But the chapter argues that there were several ancient sources which suggested that he had been poisoned, as well as much modern speculation about by whom and how, and whether his illness could have been the result of malaria or typhoid fever. What happened to his body ranges in story-telling from the plausible if grandiose, to fine imaginative fiction. It inevitably involves the great city of Alexandria, which he founded, and is repeatedly reflected upon in the Romances, quite apart from the problems of his first burial.

Keywords:   Alexander the Great, death, excessive drinking, stroke, malaria, typhoid fever, Babylon, Alexandria, Romances

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