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KITTO Alexander of Macedon, Robert HAROLD LAMB Hale, 1946 La Mentalité Primitive, Felix L. LEVY-BRUHL Alcan, Paris, 1922, and further editions (English translation. Allen & Unwin, 1923) xxxii list of books consulted SIR RICHARD LIVINGSTONE J. MCCRINDLE J. P. MAHAFFY SIR JOHN MARSHALL DR. GILBERT MURRAY F. H. MYERS PLATO The Pageant of Greece, Oxford University Press, 1923 Greek Ideals and Modern Life, Oxford University Press, 1935 The Peloponnesian War, World Classics, 1943 Invasion of India by Alexander the Great, Constable, 1893 Progress of Hellenism in Alexander’s Empire, Unwin, 1905 Taxila (vol.
In ancient Greece wise philosophers declared that when one man excelled all others in intellect and character he should be regarded as a god among men, and the people should gladly obey him. The Youth of the future, seeking for such a guide, should measure him by comparison with Alexander of Macedon. Of him it has been said that not only do his achievements captivate the imagination of both old and young, but his perseverance, his assiduous devotion to duty, his indifference to the pleasures of the body, his insatiable pursuit of the pleasures of the mind, his longing to unite the nations and his religious attitude to life, set an example which should inspire us all in this troubled century.
The research of Francis Galton on heredity proved that high intellectual power runs in families, apart from environmental influences; certainly Alexander had a distinguished inheritance from both his parents. He combined the best qualities of Philip and Olympias; from his father came his sober judgment, clear intellect, reliable, systematic and practical methods of work; from his mother was derived his passionate, warm-hearted, romantic, emotional nature. Olympias is said to have followed the cult of Dionysus which prevailed in her country; it was rumoured that she roamed the woods at night, joining in the wild songs and dances indulged in by the Dionysian worshippers when his rites were due.