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Alexander III king of Macadonia from 336 until his death in 323 BC continues to be the subject of study and debate into the 21st centruy AD Some scholars have devoted their lives to the man who was king king of kings and a god in his lifetime The scarce evidence tantalized and invited speculation and theory He has been pictured as everything from an alcoholic homosexual mass murderer to the precursor of Christ sent to bring brotherly love to the world He has been a Christain saint an Islamic prophet and a benefactor of the Jews He remains a folk hero from Sophia to Kabul To this day his name is invoked for good luck For centuries Alexander has been erroneously judged by standards of conduct which have no relationship to 4th century BC Macedonian culture He has been called an alcoholic in a time when consuming amounts of alcohol in excess of current limits is social unacceptable Among Macedonian warriors it was notIndeed the drinking of large amounts of unwatered wine after battle was expected and may even have had a religious connotation Yet ancient Athenians Victorians and modern day twelve steppers have stigmatized him for doing exactly what was acceptable at a time and place where strong warriors fought hard and drank hard far into the night Throughout his life Alexander was scrupulous about behaving in a manner appropriate for a 4th Century BC warrior king of MacedoniaJewish Christian and Moslem scholars have been horrified at tales of Alexanders homosexual affairs The social stigmatization of homosexual activity is a relatively recent phenomenon It began in Judaism and was adopted early in the history of The Christian Church and later in Islam This socio religious taboo was undreamed of in the Macedonia of the 4th century BCStill Christian moralist scholars have spent lifetimes denying to Alexander that which his culture did notThe modern word homosexual has no place in 4th century BC Macedonia
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