Was he a left-handed epileptic cat-hater?
Internet Alexander Myths and Trivia. Wonderful debunking of all the Web myths (epilepsy, panic attacks, his "true love" Melissa, etc.) by Nick Wellman.
Gay? Straight? Neither?
Pothos.org: Alexander's Sexuality by Jeanne Reames-Zimmerman, adapted from her dissertation. This is an excellent introduction to the topic, and Greek sexuality in general—topics that receive a lot of attention online, but that are almost universally understood through 21c. eyes.
Hephaistion - Philalexandros. Jeanne Reames-Zimmerman's deep exploration of Alexander's companion (and probable lover) Hephaestion. Includes a good examination of " Was he really Alexander's Lover....? " Reames-Zimmerman is also known for the Beyond Renault .
Blog discussion of Fox's "Riding with Alexander" by Chip Gibbons. Gibbons dislikes Fox's denial of a "one-way" homosexuality, and argues that any homosexual sex makes one a homosexual, at worst a "straight-acting" homosexual. I can see why bisexuals sometimes get ticked-off by homosexuals. Blech! These discussions are so impoverished.
www.gayheroes.com's Alexander. Includes "How do we know Alexander was gay?" section.
One gay, but closeted, high-school student's description of the humilities prompted by a classroom discussion of Alexander's homosexuality (Nov. 1997)
"Ambiguity and the image of the king" by R. T. Mack (History of Art, UC Berkeley). Detailed abstract of article in J Homosex 1984.
The Loves of Alexander III of Macedon from the "World History of Male Love." A recent update has moved this from historical fiction to something like history. The Renault-inspired fantasy has been removed, and source citations added. Note however that the "Letter of Diogenes" is a later schoolboy exercise, not a contemporary source.
Alexander is Gay. Ann Landers has spoken.
Web Archive: Alexander comes in second in the "The Gay Top Ten" (behind Saint Paul, an extremely dubious gay).
Web Archive: Competent biography with Alexander-was-gay bent (Chris Barber, QX web magazine).
A very big list of famous gays compiled by excellent Paul Halsall, with—excellent—a discussion the methodology and limits of such list-making.
Famous Greek Homosexuals. Queer prosopography.
Web Archive: Sexual speculations on Alexander. Hephaistion had an odd body and author is "quite certain" Achilles would have liked a "threesome" with Alexander and Hephaistion. From World Famous Lovers, Whores and Other Strangers.
Iolaus: An anthology of Friendship by Edward Carpenter (1908), with passage from Aelian, VA on Alexander's reaction to Hephaestion's death.
Fan fiction Um. Um. (Gulp)
Amazon. Alexander the Great : The Invisible Enemy by John Maxwell O'Brien. Controversial book explores Alexander's psychology, particularly as relates to his drinking.Review by Waldemar Heckel for the Bryn Mawr Classical Review:
"In short, my own objections to the book reflect a fundamental difference in approach. I found O'Brien's biography highly readable and, as a piece of literature, enjoyable. But those who claim that the truth about Alexander the man is irrecoverable will not change their minds after reading this book."
"The Role of Alcohol in the Life of Alexander the Great" by Allison Weintraub (from Michael Arnush's course Alexander the Great). This is not a good paper, starting with an error and substantially misrepresenting O'Brien's The Invisible Enemy.
Was he even "Great?"
"How 'Great' Was Alexander?" by Ian Worthington, The Ancient History Bulletin (1999). Thought-provoking article saved (let's hope with permission) from the smoking ruins that was the online AHB. [Also here.] Worthington elevates the popular (and generally ignorant) "Alexander was a terrorist" argument to scholarly credibility.
"The aims of this paper are to trace some reasons for questioning the greatness of Alexander as is reflected in his epithet, and to add potential evidence dealing with the attitude of the Macedonians, Alexander's own people, in their king's absence."Please note Frank Holt's reply is NOT online. So it may seem unfair to include Worthington's reply to the reply: "Alexander and 'the Interests of Historical Accuracy': A Reply" by Worthington, AHB 1999.
"MU Historian Questions Alexander's 'Greatness'" University of Missouri press release coinciding with Worthington's article questioning Alexander's greatness.
Alexander and religion
Wikipedia: Proskynesis. Usual Wikipedia caveats apply.
Slideshow report on the Divinity of Alexander by undergrad Sara Free, from William Murray's 2004 Age of Alexander course. For "Did Alexander really believe himself to be a god?" I'm not satisfied by "I'm not satisfied by "Ultimately, we just don't know."
Web Archive: "The Oracle at Siwa: Cult and Ritual" by Eric D. Moore (Tulane term paper). History of the oracle. The final section deals with Alexander's visit.
"Alexander The Great: Who Did He Say He Was?" by Lynda Airriess. Student article. Poorly written.
Pothos.org: Summary of Alexander's "pothos" by Irina Frasin.
"A psychoanalytic study of Alexander the Great" by K. R. Thomas (Wisconsin at Madison). Detailed abstract of article in Psychoanal. Rev. (1995). Alexander "analyzed from a Freudian psychoanalytic perspective."
The Man Who Gave Away 500 Tons of Gold in One Day "But he was always the idealist... and though he conquered and gleaned more war booty... with his new found gold he created jobs..."
"Four Stories of Prince Al" Jumbled but entertaining page from About.com.
Web Archive: Alexander The Great Encounters Celts. Attractive retelling.
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