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Death of Alexander the Great

By June 11, 2014

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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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