The Bizarre Afterlife of Alexander the Great

The Alexander Romance turns history into a superhero story

George Dillard
6 min readMay 7, 2023

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Any way you cut it, Alexander the Great was an important historical figure with a fascinating historical story. He took power while still basically a child, proved to be a ruthless and relentless conqueror, and died at a shockingly young age. Alexander was an inspiration for future leaders like Augustus, who, after taking control of Rome, visited Alexander’s tomb and modeled his statues on those of Alexander. He changed the world immeasurably, spreading…

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