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Death of Alexander the Great

By June 11, 2013

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On this day in ancient history - June 11:

June 11 is the anniversary of the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C.. Alexander died in the afternoon, in the palace at Babylon, leaving the fate of his kingdom in the hands of his Macedonian generals.

What killed Alexander is still open to debate. An article claiming Alexander the Great could have died of West Nile Virus looks at the type of evidence most historians would overlook, including the fact that there is a swamp near where Alexander died that could have been the breeding grounds for insect-borne diseases. In The Death of Alexander the Great, Paul Doherty looks very carefully at the historical evidence and then concludes that Alexander died from arsenic poisoning.

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June 11, 2009 at 12:15 pm
(1) Bruce Wayne Pennington says:

Don’t we just looooove conspiracies? I prefer the conclusion of Andrew Michael Chugg of “The Quest for the Tomb of Alexander the Great” http://www.alexanderstomb.com/main/index.html who states that Alexander probably died from falciparum malaria. Mr. Doherty comes across as a man wanting to sell books rather than as a serious researcher.

July 7, 2009 at 3:37 pm
(2) charley severs says:

I would just love to quote all of the eyewitness primary sources directly, but am having getting these on the web.Any suggestions?

July 7, 2009 at 4:55 pm
(3) ancienthistory says:

Most of them you may have to buy or check out of a library. Here’s a list of sources: http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/alexandersources/p/alexandersource.htm Even though they wrote after him, they had access to better material than we have. Jona Lendering explains in the good sources on Alexander.

June 17, 2010 at 7:34 am
(4) evoytovich says:

One would expect an author with the last name of “Chugg” to lean toward the “drank himself to death” theory.

June 17, 2010 at 10:08 am
(5) Volcan says:

It is worth reading Zecharia Sitchin (his latest “There Were Giant’s Upon The Earth”, although Alexander the Macedonian is mentioned several times in his other books) who traces Alexander to Babylon to meet the god Marduk and receive his blessing and to determine if Alexander (believing himself a demigod) could achieve immortality (along the line of the purpose of the quest of Gilgamesh). I won’t give away the story, but upon his return from Egypt to Babylon (to rebuild the zigguarat (sp) of Marduk), Alexander was warned by Babylonian priests of bad omens should he re-enter the city. He heeded these warnings and instead sent in his representatives to oversee the reconstruction. . . only to die shortly after outside the city walls. . . would that we stood there now, to see these mysteries for ourselves. Fortunately, we are graced with Ms. Gill. . . and through her, new, ancient mysteries abound. Volcan

June 17, 2010 at 10:54 am
(6) Nicholas Q. says:

Between the constant travel,fighting,and trying to control his army,Alexander had to be a run down man trying to keep on top of his game.I would guess a contracted disease invaded his body,took hold,and zapped his strength.With poor medical attention his body failed.I am a history lover and in no way an expert like some of the people here.Anyway it is nice to express my opinion. N.

June 17, 2010 at 4:04 pm
(7) TehObvious says:

D0 not over look the obvious.
AIDS

July 26, 2010 at 3:13 pm
(8) Rachel says:

I can’t get over that he was only 33.

October 21, 2013 at 11:45 pm
(9) Treathyl Fox says:

How Alexander the Great died is still unknown. What is sad is that the spouse and child he left behind had to die too! No mystery that they were conveniently disposed of because they had no defender.

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