Alexander’s Curriculum Vitae

Today marks the birthday of Alexander III of Macedon (AKA Alexander the Great) 20/21 July 356 BCE

At 30, Alexander’s Curriculum Vitae would read:

Marital Status:  Three Wives (Roxane, Statiera and Parysatis)

Children: One Son – Alexander IV

Education:  Studied under Aristotle, who studied under Plato

Address:  Numerous domiciles ranging between the Mediterranean to Himalaya

Current Occupation: King, Conqueror, Empire Builder

King of Macedon
Pharaoh of Egypt
King of Persia
Lord of Asia

Prior positions:

  • Commander – Undefeated in Battle
  • Horse tamer of wild horses – i.e. Bucephalus

 

“I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.”
Alexander The Great

 

Alexander and Porus by Charles Le Brun

 

“My treasure lies in my friends .”
Alexander the Great

22 Replies to “Alexander’s Curriculum Vitae”

  1. Neat post, Rebecca! Love the resume, and his saying of sheep and lions.
    I wonder what he would be today if he were here?

    1. A very good question, indeed, Resa. Where would he be today? Hummmm From my limited readings (and there is a great deal said about Alexander, the Great) it seems that he would conquer the people and then turn around and embrace their culture intermixing with other cultures. This brought about the exchange of ideas and international trade. The outcome: unprecedented prosperity and a huge leap for science that would not be seen again until the Renaissance in the 15th and 16th century CE. There is a lesson here!

      1. Good projection!
        We could use a Renaissance right now!

  2. I love the thought of Alexander at the job centre. ‘Hmmmm, now let me see, Mr, er… Great, your CV is, er, let me say, somewhat unconventional……there’s not much call for horse tamers around here. Have you thought about retraining as a plumber?….’

    1. I laughed out loud when I read your comment. Sometimes a plumber is more important than a world conqueror. Just ask anyone who has a flooded kitchen! YIKES!

      1. ‘Sometimes a plumber is more important than a world conqueror’ – I love this! It sounds like a direct quote from the Tao Te Ching! 😀

    1. Vielen Dank für Ihre Kommentare. Alexander hat die Welt für immer verändert. Auch nach Jahrhunderten erinnern wir uns noch an ihn!

    1. He was indeed! And so was his mother – YIKES! I continue to learn and learn and learn. So many stories hidden in the folds of history.

    1. Thank you, Elisabeth. So much has been written about Alexander. We are fascinated by leaders who can “conquer” but I think that Alexander was much more than that. Consider his words: “ I had rather excel others in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and dominion. If I were not Alexander, I should wish to be Diogenes.” I believe that it was his statesmanship that brought nations together.

  3. What an extraordinary post, I love it. It is so well organized and well written. I learned a lot in just a couple of minutes. Thank you, thank you. The painting is great, as well.

    1. I am so glad that you enjoyed this post. Isn’t it interesting how each century view Alexander through the lens of their society. In my reading, I discovered that Alexander believed that he was of divine birth. It is a reminder that when we think that we are special, we conduct our lives and action believing that we can do great things.

      1. I guess Alexander believed he was conceived by Deity. I do believe that our births are special and that loves our human existence.

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