Possibly you don't realize
the brevity of what Alexander did. You hear he went to
army of about 55,000 was green and enthusiastic so the rulers of our country let
us, in effect, go prowling. They thought we would go through half of
the Greek rulers thought this and considered the army in essence a boy scout troop
with the Macedonians there to toughen them up. Going towards
with their new reputation established the Greeks would go back to
These venture kept getting wilder until they were called myths to separate them from lies which hold some elements of truth.
This is precisely what they expected of Alexander and the 40,000 men he took east. Alexander had a different idea like taking over the known world and give it civilization.
do recall the council definitely said they were not going to support any 'ventures'
abroad but they told me this after we left
legacy was that I would burn down cities that I conquered in
succeeded his assassinated father in 336 and promptly took
After the death of Philip II, at first nothing was known about what caused it.
Then a very strange thing happened. The representative from Thebes came to me and said the murder of my father was a plot by one the states neighboring his and they were going to avenge my fathers death. They wnated the Macedonian army to help. Every body was suspicious about that. I remember wondering 'what on earth is that about?' Thebes never did anything that didn't make them money.
From then on he dug his hole but it was not just for him but for Thebes. He made a mention of not restraining or something because the price wasn't right yet.
I asked a person what would best be describe as a 'truth teller' or man of wisdom (it may have been Aristotle) in private what he was talking about. He told me then about the markets and the manipulation that went on. How the state government of Thrace was actually highly invested in the local products beyond taxation and how they rented out land to growers. And they hid it all.
This corrupted that governments fair treatment of people. We had been warned by our teacher about showing unfair favoritism towards one person or another and here the entire state would always find land and products more valuable than people. That lack of respect extended to my father. That made us a little more a little angry. It made us ruthlessly angry. Then there was what it would do to other people.
'What, you mean we were to risk death for this product (possibly wine) and for what? So we can pay double for it next year and the year after? The advisor and teacher who was sworn to complete impartiality had a little smile of pride come across his face since he had never even thought of it that way. I had outdone him in logical thought. It had spread half the way across his face when he remembered his oath and froze his thoughts right in the middle of them (which is hard to do) then excused himself and walked away.
turned out the assassin was totally broke and he owed lots of money to Thebes
merchants. So they were the cause and they had killed my father by threatening
to enslave the assassins family.
Philip was set against Thebes and so they killed
him thinking his son could be manipulated. What they got was Aristotle with a
machine gun. They didn't think to find out about the enemy and that is always
a big mistake.
Philip was set against Thebes and so they killed him thinking his son could be manipulated. What they got was Aristotle with a machine gun. They didn't think to find out about the enemy and that is always a big mistake.
These men of
I wanted mainly to teach those states not to do evil and so you end up with the highly selective burning of everything associated with the root cause of the assassination. The temples were left and that is nice.
Only the homes of about 20% of the rich were burned out. All the stores of merchandise, all the government buildings and all the cartel storage was burned. It was more like the Boston Tea Party where the focus of the destruction was on the product that was the cause of the problem. By burning the product it took away the profit potentials of assassination.
Where does it say Alexander kill thousands? Or raped women or sold the children into slavery?
These city states had cornered markets on a lot of things and formed cartels. They would agree on a very low pay and allow the people to starve until they worked for about ¼ the normal wage paid in other states. These wars were based on trade and to burn the others vineyards would assure a good price for your wine for up to 20 years until their vineyards grew back.
They would make the poor so poor that they had to join the army to stay alive. But the army was not just for defense. These assholes had none of their own children in the ranks and would send the poor off to die by the hundreds doing the bidding of their whims. Often Thebes would burn the fields of the competition so the price stayed high on their own products.
When Phoebes was burned the poor lost the eight logs that were their ceilings, if anything. It left the walls. The logs took the better part of a day to replace and they loved what it did those in power. A few people got hurt in fighting but then the poor had lots of work for years and years and it was not at ¼ wages either. The poor called the shots for three years. And the rich couldn't even think of building up an army for a long time afterwards.
Gabriel says 'thousands were saved from starvation.' Of course what you got in your history books were the records of the corrupt government.
Apparently in the 1800's there was enough evidence to show that the history was manipulated by those in power. However the political correctness at the time and I do mean England (which I talk about elsewhere) stated that 'no damaging statements would be cast on the rulers of any nation past or present'. It was the British PC circa the 1800's that gave the lie that Alexander was a blood thirsty individual. Aristotle would not have acted as his tutor if that had been at all true.
(Excuse me for jumping back and forth from the first person to the third person. I can chose to view that life from the third person or to recall it from the first. To see facts fairly I view it from the third person, to find out what my feelings were I must remember the feelings and that I can only do from the first person. Hence I sometimes say 'I' and sometimes 'Alexander'.
After this every Greek State wanted us to come burn all the rich people houses and 'submitted' to us but we were nice guys and it wasn't our business. We just taught one group not to f… with Macedonians. As Macedonians we could never conceive of warfare being used selfishly and primarily for capital gain.
© 2003 John Pinil