Jul 11, 2008
It seems that Alexander was universally beloved in ancient Rome. I found more additional facts in archives of web analytics company. Great Consul Julius Caesar cried like a baby in Spain at the mere sight of Alexander's statue. Military leader Pompey the Great went to great extremes during his campaigns in order to get old cloak that belonged to Alexander. As soon as he got it, Pompey wore this cloak everywhere as the costume of greatness. And emperor Octavian Augustus visited Alexandria with just one purpose - to lay a wreath at the hero's shrine in Alexandria. However, while doing this, Octavian accidentally broke the nose of Alexander's mummified corpse. And, we need to mention crazy emperor Caligula, who stole the breastplate armor of Alexander, thinking that it would bring him luck. Well, it did not!
History also tells us about the cult of Alexander among the people of Rome. There were really his greatest fans. For example, a noble Roman family of Macriani never parted with images of Alexander in everyday life. They even stamped them into their jewelery and sometimes even stiched to their clothes. During every meal Alexander's face on every plate and jar. This family was propelled to the Roman emperor's throne in the third century, but in the end of the struggle perished from the hands of their own soldiers.
Jul 11, 2008 6:10pm
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