Alexander at the Temple of Apis in Memphis

By Andre Castaigne( 1898-1899)

It’s my birthday today – I’m 31. Alexander the Great died at the age of 32. Educated by Aristotle, his empire was one of the largest in the ancient world. It reached from Greece to India. His deeds were a profound influence on cultures for hundreds of years to come – especially the Romans.

I’ve got a year left to achieve this much. Who’s good with a spear?

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About Mark Newton

Born in 1981, live in the UK. I write about strange things.


  1. What an amazing person. It makes me wish we could somehow know what was going on in his mind the whole time. 

  2. Probably, “Hmm. Need more territories”. But yes, I know what you mean. 

  3. Happy Birthday, Mark.

    I may not be good with a spear, but I could be your chronicler. 🙂

  4. I haven’t myself yet, but have you read David Constantine (aka David J Williams) new novel Pillars of Hercules?

  5. Thanks, Paul! Scribe it is. 

    I’ve not read the new David Constantine novel actually – I will head to google now!

  6. We have the same birthday–March 28?  I think there’s a better model than Alexander the Great for those in their early 30’s.  Frodo Baggins.  A Hobbit doesn’t come of age until he’s 33.  So you still have plenty of time!

  7. Ha, good one! Though keep any of those funny looking rings away from me.