Dost thou think Alexander looked o’ this fashion i’ the earth?

How was it that Alexander’s reputation lasted so long? From his time to Shakespeare’s to ours?
And of course the answer is stories.
I wondered – because there isn’t an Odyssey or Iliad or Gilgamesh sort of epic – but there are many. He was the subject of many a romance and because he ranged round his corner of the globe quite widely – people told stories about him quite wildly and widely.
Myself, I always see Alexander as Sean Connery. This might be seen as peculiar if you haven’t seen Terry Gilliam’s film, Time Bandits, in which Sean Connery portrays a kind generous jolly sort of Alexander who is the only good father figure the child has known.


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