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Hamblin & Peterson: Alexander the Great wasn't content to be merely human

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  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Aug. 25, 2014 10:07 a.m.

    Alexander was one of those figures of whom history struggles to separate fact from legend. Deification of a hero was common in the Greco-Roman traditions. Whether or not Alexander ever made such claims for himself, there would never be a shortage of chroniclers eager to make such exotic claims for him.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Aug. 23, 2014 6:47 p.m.

    Kill one man and you are called a murderer; kill tens of thousands and you are "the Great". What good did this man do? au contraire he caused endless misery and suffering, as did many others in those sanguinary days.

    The only "the Great" that I truly admire is "Alfred the Great": His greatness lay in uniting people in defence against repeated murderous Viking raids. He actually helped "convert" one Viking King, Guthrum, to Christianity and was "godfather" at his christening. He made a deal with him, giving him and his followers land in Britain, so long as they practiced the Christian faith, abandoning old pagan beliefs. Alfred also translated a portion of our scriptures into the vernacular, Anglo Saxon, tongue and called his people to repentance, beoming also a great patron of learning.