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James Morcan | 11226 comments Alexander the Great: His Life and His Mysterious Death

As debate continues about the meaning of his life, Alexander's death remains a mystery. Did he die of natural causes--felled by a fever--or did his marshals, angered by his tyrannical behavior, kill him? An explanation of his death can lie only in what we know of his life, and Everitt ventures to solve that puzzle, offering an ending to Alexander's story that has eluded so many for so long.

Alexander the Great His Life and His Mysterious Death by Anthony Everitt


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James Morcan | 11226 comments Who or what killed Alexander the Great? https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-...

The Death of Alexander the Great, 323 BC http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/al...

JAN 23, 2019
Alexander the Great Died Mysteriously at 32. Now We May Know Why https://www.history.com/news/alexande...
“His death may be the most famous case of pseudothanatos, or false diagnosis of death, ever recorded.”


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James Morcan | 11226 comments Death of Alexander the Great https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_o...

The death of Alexander the Great and subsequent related events have been the subjects of debates. According to a Babylonian astronomical diary, Alexander died between the evening of June 10 and the evening of June 11, 323 BC,[1] at the age of thirty-two. This happened in the palace of Nebuchadnezzar II in Babylon.

Macedonians and local residents wept at the news of the death, while Achaemenid subjects shaved their heads.[2] The mother of Darius III, Sisygambis, having learned of Alexander's death, refused sustenance and died a few days later.[3] Historians vary in their assessments of primary sources about Alexander's death, which results in different views.


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Carmel Bell | 3 comments I believe that Alexander was poisoned to death by jealous rivals. I like Mary Renaults take on his story given that she was an excellent researcher and historian.


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James Morcan | 11226 comments Carmel wrote: "I believe that Alexander was poisoned to death by jealous rivals. I like Mary Renaults take on his story given that she was an excellent researcher and historian."

Okay, thanks I'll check out the books written Renaults sometime...

I see she wrote this one:

The Persian Boy

The Persian Boy (Alexander the Great, #2) by Mary Renault


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Carmel wrote: "I believe that Alexander was poisoned to death by jealous rivals. I like Mary Renaults take on his story given that she was an excellent researcher and historian."

More than likely that and also that morale among his troops was low at the time due to his main troops having been so long away from home and Alexander assimilating the customs and traditions of the conquered, sometime in favor of his own local ones.

He also utilized these subjugated peoples into influential and opportunistic positions; this would have antagonized his Greek / Macedonian brethren and endangered his own life if there was any plan for vengeance via assassination.

By the end, Alexander had enemies within and without.


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James wrote: "Carmel wrote: "I believe that Alexander was poisoned to death by jealous rivals. I like Mary Renaults take on his story given that she was an excellent researcher and historian."

Okay, thanks I'll..."


After Alexander, the Persians would bounce back later after their setback via the Parthians and the Safvids.


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