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Babylon, Persia-June 323B.C
巴比伦，波斯 – 公元前323年6月
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Alexandria, Egypt-40 Years Later
亚历山大，埃及 – 40年后
OLD PTOLEMY Our world is gone now…smashed by the wars.
Now I am the keeper of his body…embalmed
here, in the Egyptian ways.
I followed him as Pharaoh, and have now ruled
I am the victor…but what does it all mean,
when there is no one left to remember…the great cavalry charge at Gaugamela?
Or the mountains of the Hindu Kush…when we
crossed a 100,000-man army into India…?
He was a god, Cadmos…or as close as
anything I’ve ever seen.
Tyrant, they yell so easily.
No tyrant ever gave back so much.
What do they know of the world, these
It takes strong men to rule.
Alexander was more, he was Prometheus, a friend to man.
He changed the world.
him, there were tribes, and after him…all was possible.
There was suddenly a sense the world could
be ruled by one king…and be better for all.
18 great Alexandrias he built.
was an empire, not of land and gold, but of the mind.
It was a Hellenic civilization…open…to all.
But how can I say it?
How can I tell you what is was like…to be
young, and to dream big dreams?
To believe when Alexander looked you in the
eye, you could do anything.
In his presence, by the light of Apollo…we
were better than ourselves!
Truly…I’ve known many great men in my life,
but only one colossus.
And only now, when old…do I understand who
this force of nature really was.
Or do I?
Did such a man as Alexander exist?
Of course not!
We idealized him, make him better than he
Men…all men, reach and fall…reach and fall.
In the East…the vast Persian
Empire ruled almost all the known world.
In the West, the once-great Greek
fallen from pride.
For a hundred years now, the Persian kings
had bribed the Greeks…with their gold to fight as mercenaries.
It was Philip, the one-eyed, who changed
Uniting tribes of illiterate sheepherders
from the high and lowlands…with his blood and guts, he built a professional
army…and brought the devious Greeks to their knees.
He then turned his eye on Persia…where it was said the new “Great King”
Darius, himself…on his throne in Babylon,
It was from these loins of war that
Alexander was born, in Pella.
Dreams are yours for keeping
called his mother, Queen Olympias, a sorceress…and said that Alexander was the
child of Dionysus…others Zeus.
But, truly, there was not a man in Macedonia…who
didn’t look at father and son, side-by-side…and wonder.
Fortune follows bold ones
Trust the ones who
give you love
Life has just
Her skin is water.
Her tongue is fire.
She is your friend.
If you hesitate, she will strike.
Remember that, hmm?
They are like people.
You can love them for years…feed them,
nurture them…but still…they can turn on you.
Don’t hurt her.
He calls me a barbarian.
Phillip makes a mockery of Dionysus every
Women are the only ones…who know Dionysus.
My little Achilles.
Stay, Alexander, down!
CHILD ALEXANDER Mama!
What is it you want?
PHILIP Six month, did you miss me?
O Not here!
PH Proud bitch! I’m
still your king!
O King of what?
I am of Achilles’ royal blood.
PH The blood of
Herakles runs in my veins!
O You are nothing
but a drunken whore!
PH Shut your foul
mouth, you ten-titted bitch from Hades!
Which god could I curse to have ever laid
eyes on you!
O Do you think
people respect you?
You think they don’t know your bastards?
PH Damn your
sorceress soul. You keep him here like one of your snakes!
I told you not!
You’ll obey me.
O I will not.
PH You’ll obey me,
or I’ll kill you with my own hands!
C.A No! No, stop!
PH Obey me!
NURSE Your Majesty! No!
O In the name of
He will never be yours! Never!
In my womb, I carried my avenger!
8 Years Later
O.P In the
world he grew up to…I’ve come to believe it was in friendship that Alexander
found his sanity.
WRESTING TRAINER You don’t
need much to fight.
When you’re in the front ranks of a
battle…facing some Northern barbarian tribe…courage won’t be in the lining of
your stomach, Nearchus.
It’s in the heart of a man!
You don’t need to eat everyday…or until
you’re full, Ptolemy!
You don’t need to lie in bed in a
morning…when you can have some good bean soup, Cassander, after a forced night
Come on, Alexander.
Who will ever respect you as a king?
Do you think it’s because of your father?
The first rule of war is to do what you ask
your men to do…no more, no less!
Good! That’s it!
Well done, Hephaistion! Good wrestling!
That’s what I want!
Come, come, come.
You did well, but you lost.
Now, both of you, congratulate the other.
YOUNG HEPHAISTION Would you
want me to let you win, Alexander?
YOUNG ALEXANDER You’re right.
But I promise you I will beat you one day,
O.P It was
said later that Alexander was never defeated…except by Hephaistion’s thighs.
ARISTOTLE Although an inferior race…the Persians control at least four-fifths
of the known world.
But is it possible…that the source of Egypt’s mighty river Nile…could
rise in these distant mountains of the Outer Earth?
If so, an experienced navigator could find
his way here…by this river east, down into the great plains of India…out into
the Eastern Ocean at End of the world…and by this route, up the Nile…back to
Egypt, into the Middle Sea, and home…to Greece.
Now if only these frogs could look
outward…and act on their favored position at the center, Greece could
rule the world!
Y.A Why is it, master…in
myth these lands you speak of are known?
where Herakles and Dionysus traveled…all these men who went East,
Theseus…Jason, Achilles, were victorious.
From generation to generation their stories
have been passed on.
Why Unless there was truth to them.
ARIS Tales of
Only common people believe these tales, as
they believe most anything.
We are here precisely to educate ourselves
against such foolish passions.
Y.A But if we are
superior to the Persians, as you say, why do we not rule them?
It is… It has always been our Greek dream
to go East.
ARIS The East has a
way of swallowing men and their dreams.
YOUNG NEARCHUS Master? Master?
ARIS Out with it!
Y.N Why are the
Persians so cruel?
ARIS That is not
the subject for today, Nearchus.
But, it is true that the Oriental races are
known for their barbarity…and their slavish devotion to their senses.
Excess in all things in the undoing of men.
That is why we Greeks are superior.
We practice control of our senses.
Moderation, we hope!
YOUNG CASSANDER Then what of Achilles at Troy,
Was he not excessive?
simply lacks restraint.
He dominates other men so completely that
even when he withdraws from battle…crazed with grief over his dead lover,
Patroclus…he seriously endangers his own army.
He is a deeply selfish man!
Y.C Would you say
that the love between Achilles and Patroclus is a corrupting one?
ARIS When men lie
together in lust, it is a surrender to the passions…and does nothing for the
excellence in us.
Nor does any other excess,
Cassander…jealousy among them.
But when men lie together and knowledge and
virtue are passed between them…that is pure and excellent.
When they compete to bring out the good,
the best in each other…this is the love between men that can build a
city-state…and lift us from our frog pond.
brought such as Aristotle from Athens…to
educate our rough people.
And growing more ambitious, he now
planned the invasion of Persia.
PH Is that the best you can do, Cleitus?
Back to the phalanx with you, I’ll ride him
CLEITUS No one will ride that beast, Your Majesty!
Not with your leg
PH He’s been beaten
far too often.
HORSE SELLER My noble King, he’s a high-spirited animal, yes.
High-spirited and worthy of, of Philip of
For three-and-a-half talents…I couldn’t
possibly make a, make a profit on him, but for you…
PH Why would I want
such a beast? I already have a wife!
O Do I seem so old?
PH A broken neck
comes free, you fool!
He’s too nervous for battle.
Sell him for meat.
Y.A Buy him for me,
I’ll ride him.
PH And if you
Y.A I’ll pay for
PH With what, your
Y.A I’ll pay you!
PH I tell you the
horse can’t be ridden, lad.
His mind is broken.
Y.A He can be
PH If you can rule
that horse, I’ll make him yours…at half the price.
CL That horse will
kill him, Philip.
He’ll break the boy in two!
PH Will he?
Perhaps she’ll make a musician out of him!
PARMENION The boy doesn’t have the craft.
He could hurt himself.
PH He’ll have to
figure that out for himself.
Y.A You don’t like
your shadow, do you?
It’s like a dark spirit coming up to get
Do you see?
It’s just a trick of Apollo’s.
He’s the god of…the sun.
But I’ll show you how to outwit him…you and
That’s what I’ll call you…strong and
Bucephalus and Alexander.
Come now, let’s ride together.
PH Ah, he’s got
some Titan in him yet!
Attalus! Cleitus! For Zeus’s sake, he beat
Bucephalus. Show them.
PH My son! My son!
PH You remember
Y.A He’s my
Y.A Because he
loved Patroclus, and avenged his death!
PH And his fate?
Y.A That he must
die young, but with great glory.
PH Did he have a choice?
Y.A Yes! He could
live a long life, but there would be no glory.
PH Your dream of
Your mother encourages you.
But there’s no glory without suffering and
this she will not allow.
Y.A One day I’ll be
on walls like these.
PH Prometheus stole
the secret of fire and gave it to man.
It made Zeus so angry, he chained
Prometheus to a rock in the Great Caucasus…and
each day his eagle pecked out the poor man’s liver.
Each night it grew back again…so that it
could be eaten the next day.
PH Who knows these
Oedipus tore out his eyes…when he found out
he’d murdered his father…and married his mother.
Knowledge that came too late.
Medea, she slaughtered her two children in
vengeance…when Jason left her for a younger wife.
Y.A My mother would
never hurt me.
PH It’s never easy
to escape our mothers, Alexander.
All your life, beware of women.
They’re far more dangerous than men.
Even after he accomplished his Twelve
Labors…he was punished with madness, slaughtered his three children.
Poor Herakles Great Herakles!
All greatness comes from loss.
Even you, the gods will one day judge
Y.A When I’m king
like you one day, Father?
PH Don’t rush the
day, boy. You risk all.
My father threw me into battle before I
knew how to fight.
When I killed my first man, he said: “Now
I hated him then, but I understand why now.
A king isn’t born, Alexander, he’s made…by
steel and by suffering.
A king must know how to hurt those he
It’s lonely. Ask Herakles.
Ask any of them!
Fate is cruel.
No man or woman can be too powerful or too
beautiful without disaster befalling.
They laugh when you rise too high…and crush
everything you’ve built with a whim.
What glory they give, in the end, they take
They, they make of us slaves.
8 Years Later
O Pregnant so soon…the little whore.
He will marry her in the spring, during
Dionysus’ Festival…and when her first son is born…her sweet uncle, Attalus,
will convince Philip…to name the boy his successor, with himself as Regent.
And you…you will be sent on some impossible
mission…against some monstrous northern tribe…to be mutilated in one more
meaningless battle over cattle.
And I, no longer queen, will be put to
death…with your sister and the remaining members of our family.
A I wish…sometimes
you could see the light, Mother.
Truth is, he’s taken nothing from you that
you’ve not been long without.
O The only way is
Announce your marriage to a Macedonian now!
Beget a child of pure blood, he would be
one of them, not mine…and he would have no choice but to make you King!
There is still Kynnane.
Eurydice was perfect. If your father, that
pig, had not ravaged her first!
A Say nothing more
of my father!
A Do you hear me?
O You’re right.
A mother loves too much.
Who shall I sing to sleep at night anymore?
I wish we could spend more time together.
Like we used to, when you were the sweetest
A There’s never
been time, Mother.
Since I was a child, I’ve been groomed to
be ever the best.
O My poor child,
you’re like Achilles…cursed by your greatness.
Take my strength.
You must never confuse your feelings with
your duties, Alexander.
A King must make public gestures for the
I know…but you will be nineteen this
summer…and the girls already say you don’t like them, you like Hephaistion
It’s natural for a young man.
But if you go to Asia
without leaving your successor, you risk all.
Hephaistion loves me…as I am…not who.
O Loves? Loves?
In the name of Dionysus…understand how
Philip thinks…for your own sake.
Your life hangs in the balance!
His spies are inside your closest circle.
I’m his only worthy son!
You crazed woman.
He’d never hurt me.
Even if Eurydice had a boy, he’d be twenty
before he’d let him rule!
O Yes, and you
would be 40!
Old and wise…like Parmenion…and Philip’s
young son would be 20!
Like you now…but raised by him, his blood.
He will never give you the throne now,
PTOLEMY Come, Alexander, drink this sadness away!
A If only thirst
could quench sorrow, Ptolemy.
PH There’s only one
thing better than winning a battle, son…and that’s the taste of a new woman!
You’ll find it far sweeter…than self-pity.
Pausanias, you bore me.
Be gone with you!
CL I found you the
What’s your name, darling?
What’s your name?
CL I love you, my
A And I love you,
PAUSANIUS Please no!
PH There you go!
HEPHAISTION Would you prefer a seat, Cleitus?
CL I’ll sleep in my
While alive, I prefer dancing.
PH Who’s your new
There’s your new friend.
PAU No, please, don’t!
ATTALUS A toast, A toast!
I drink to our Greek friends…and to our new
union, Macedonia and Greece…equals
And to Philip, our King…without whom this
union could not be possible.
PH Come, Attalus,
leave some damn air in the Hall!
AT And last, I
drink to…the King’s marriage to my niece, Eurydice…a Macedonian Queen we can be
To Philip and Eurydice…and to their
A What am I, you
son of a dog? Come then!
PH Shut up! Shut
up, all of you!
This is my wedding!
Not some public brawl!
Apologize, by Zeus, before you dishonor me!
A You defend the
man who called my mother a whore and me a bastard
And I dishonor you?
PH You listen like
Attalus is my family now, the same as you!
A Choose your
relatives more carefully!
Don’t expect me to sit here and watch you
AT You insult me!
A I insult you? A
man not fit to lick the ground my mother walkson?
You dog, questioning your Queen!
I’ve nothing to be ashamed of, you arrogant
I’ll marry the girl if I want!
And I’ll have as many sons as I want!
And there’s nothing you or your Harpy
mother can do about it!
A Why must you
think everything I do and say comes from my mother?
PH Because I know
her heart, by Hera…and I see her in your eyes!
You covet this throne too much!
Now we all know that she-wolf of a mother
of yours wants me dead!
Well, you can both dream, boy!
PA This is the wine
Leave the boy, it will wait till morning.
I command you…apologize to your kinsman!
A No kinsman to me.
Good night, old man.
And when my mother remarries, I’ll invite
you to her wedding.
PH You bastard!
You’ll obey me! Come here!
A And this is the
man who is going to take you from Greece
He can’t even make it from one couch to the
PH Get out of my
You’re exiled, you bastard!
Banished from the land!
You’re not welcome here!
You’re no son of mine!
suddenly change for him.
His father, King Philip, was murdered…and
Alexander, at 20…became the new ruler of Macedonia.
And breaking their treaties with us,
dismissing Alexander as an untried boy…several Greek city-states rose up in
revolt…much to Persia’s
delight…and perhaps sponsored by their gold.
Truly, Alexander could love like no
other…but to betray him was to rouse a vast and frightening anger…and he
massacred several thousand of the men of that tragic city, Thebes, and sold the survivors into slavery.
This, as intended, stunned and defeated the
Greeks.And though, in the end, he treated most populations with magnanimity…it
is these exceptions—Thebes, Gaza in Syria…and later Persepolis in Persia, and
others…that are always remembered by those who hate Alexander and all he stood
At 21, Alexander invaded Asia…with an army
of 40,000 trained men and liberating one city-state after the other…he
conquered all of western Asia, south to Egypt…where
he was declared Pharaoh of Egypt…worshiped
as a god
It was in Egypt…that the respected oracle at
Siwah…declared him the…true son of Zeus.
He finally provoked Darius himself to
battle…in the heart of the Persian Empire, near Babylon.
of us against 250,000 barbarians.
It was the day Alexander had waited for
all his life.
Alexander, son of a god.
It was a myth, of course.
At least it started as a myth.
I was there.
I saw his eyes…
In the crack of the Persian line, we’ll go
for the head.
ANTIGONOUS Kill Darius?
A The gods have
brought him to us at last!
If I die, it’s one Macedonian.
But the Persians, they cannot move without
Here. Right here, we cut the throat of the
PA This is madness!
You’ll never get within a hundred paces of him.
Have you seen the sheer size of his force
A Not if you hold
them on the left, my brave Parmenion…with your son Philotas, for just on , two
And you, unbreakable Antigonous. The center
If you pin them on the walls of your
sarissas here, in the center…their cavalry will follow me out to the right.
And when bold Cassander breaks, stretching
their left…a hole will open.
Then I and my cavalry, our revered…Cleitus,
Ptolemy, and Hephaistion…we’ll strike through that gap…and deal the death blow
to Darius’s head.
PA Alexander even
with luck, timing, the gods, we must rout them tomorrow.
Destroy their army completely.
Or we’ll be picked apart by bandit tribes
on the long journey home.
A You speak of home
But do you understand, Parmenion…Babylon’s my new home.
C Alexander…if we
must fight, do so with stealth.
Use your numbers well.
We should attack tonight when they least
I didn’t cross Asia
to steal this victory, Cassander.
C No, you are too
honorable for that.
No doubt influenced from sleeping with
“Tales of Troy” under your pillow.
But your father was no lover of Homen’s.
PA The lands west
of the Euphrates?
The hand of his daughter in marriage?
When has a Greek ever been given such
These are not honors, Parmenion.
They’re bribes which the Greeks have
Do you forget that the man who murdered my
father lies across the valley floor?
PA Alexander, we’re still not really sure
if it was Persian gold behind the assassination
That is no matter
Parmenion, you know that’s not true!
PA Your father
taught you never to surrender your reason to your passion.
Now I urge you:
Regroup, fall back to the coast, raise a
A Iwould…if I were
Parmenion, but I am Alexander.
And no more than Earth has two suns, will Asia bear two kings.
These are my terms…and if Darius isn’t a
coward who hides behind his men…then he’ll come to me tomorrow.
And when he bows down to Greece…Alexander’ll
CL By Ares’ chains,
he’s got balls, men!
I mean, give the man his due, Parmenion!
And lads, feast tonight…for tomorrow we
will dine in Hades.
H To whom do you
A bad omen.
A More so for
I’ve come to believe that fear of death
drives all men, Hephaistion.
This we didn’t learn as schoolboys.
It is the cause of all our misfortunes.
So, mighty Crateros…
CRATEROS Your Majesty!
A Are you ready for tomorrow’s dawn?
CR It’s been too
long coming, if you ask me.
The men are skittish as colts.
Fear makes men fight better.
Post your sentries alertly, but rest them
Don’t you worry, General, I’m known to
sleep with my eyes open as a baby’s arse.
DIMNUS Only because someone might steal his loot, sire.
A After tomorrow,
even the thrifty among you shall be kings.
The gods are with us, Your Majesty.
We’ll stain the ground with Persian blood, my king.
H I’ve always
believed, Alexander…but, this seems so much bigger than us.
A Did Patroclus
doubt Achilles when they stood side-by-side at the siege of Troy?
H Patroclus died
A If you do, if you were to fall, even if Macedonia were
to lose a king…I will avenge you…and follow you down to the House of Death.
H I would do the
A On the eve of
battle, it’s hardest to be alone.
perhaps…perhaps this is farewell…my Alexander.
A Fear not,
We are at the beginning.
OMEN READER Blood makes the
Blood makes the rain fall.
Blood makes the earth grow.
And in blood…all men are born…and die.
Blood is the food of the gods below.
A Come, Bucephalus.
Today we ride to our destiny.
Cavalry, group! Regroup!
Phalanx, turn right!
A Neoptolemus! I
remember you the day you jumped the siege tower at Tyre, you were a giant!
How will you fight?
Dexippos, by Athena…how far was it you
threw your man wrestling at the last Olympic Games?
Will you match it with your spear?
And Timander…son of Menander, a great
soldier to my father.
I still mourn your brother, Addaios, who
died so bravely at Halicarnassus.
What an honored family you descend from,
You fight for them today!
You’ve all honored your country…and your
And now we come to this most distant place
in Asia…where across from us…Darius has at
last…gathered a vast army
Yes, these Persians do seem to be so many!
But look again at this horde and ask
Who is this great king who pays assassins
in gold coins…to murder my father, our king…in a most despicable and cowardly
Who is this great king, Darius, who
enslaves his own men to fight?
Who is this king…but a king of air?
These men do not fight for their homes.
They fight because this king tells them
And when they fight, they will melt away
like the air…because they know no loyalty to a king of slaves.
But we are not here today as slaves!
We are here today as Macedonian free men!
Some of you…perhaps myself…will not live to
see the sun set over these mountains today.
But I say to you…what every warrior has
known since the beginning of time, conquer your fear…and I promise you, you
will donquer death!
When they ask why you fought so bravely,
you will answer, “I was here this day a Gaugamela…for the freedom…and glory…of Greece!”
Zeus be with us!
Four columns, go!
DARIUS Where does he go?
BESSUS don’t know, Majesty.
D Envelop him,
A Hephaistion, go!
D He makes a mistake, Pharnakes.
PHARNAKES Yes, great King.
PA Be brave, men!
Steady on the left, lads!
Bend if you must, but never break, and keep
watching the cavalry on the left!
A Pick up the pace!
AN Prepare to repel
Push them back!
Stay in line! Stay in line!
A Cassander! Go!
Circle to the left!
CR Hold your
Hold your position!
PHILOTA We must fall back to the gully, Father.
PA No, hold.
Where is he? We’re far too thin!
Get word to Alexander! Move!
Shields, break off!
The shields are here!
A Drive for the
PA Back and to the
Back and to the left!
PA Go, tell
And if he won’t listen, then survive me and
avenge this betrayal!
CL Pay attention,
Your father still watches over you!
Find your horses!
We can reach those mountains by sunset!
Go all night and catch Darius at dawn!
Provision the horses!
My father’s lost!
They’ve overrun the flank! They’re into the
P Alexander, if you
chase him, you risk losing your army here!
A And if we capture
him, we gain an Empire!
You can run to the ends of the earth, you
coward…but you’ll never run far enough!
HERMOLAUS You bleed free, my lord.
May I tend to your wounds?
A No, Hermolaus,
There’s far worse than me, go to them.
GLAUKOS Your Majesty!
A You’re very
What shall I call you?
G Glaukos, my King!
And where’s your home?
A Let your body go
Think of home now.
Be brave again, Glaukos…and you will live
on in glory.
O.P The Persian Empire, the greatest the world had yet known, was
And Alexander at twenty-five was now
king of all.
Alexander once said to me:
We are most alone when we are with the
thus, it came to pass, in a dream as mythical…to all Greeks as Achilles
defeating the Trojians, as this one glorious moment in time…Alexander was loved
But in the end, I believe…Babylon was a far easier
mistress to enter than she was to leave.
A Imagine the minds
that conceived this.
With architects and engineers like these,
we could build cities such as we’ve only dreamed!
Aristotle may have called them barbarians,
but he never saw Babylon.
C We have enough
gold here to support another three generations of Macedonian armies.
A And Macedonia would
soon corrupt, Cassander.
Wealth in great quantities brings the
AN Not for the men
who fought, I trust?
A We’ll pay them
well, Antigonous…but not as mercenaries for future services.
NEARDHUS Now you sound like Philip.
H Philip never saw Babylon.
PERDICCAS No, he didn’t, Hephaistion.
PA Alexander, I
know you think me a stiff old sod, but whatever our differences…know this day
your father would be very proud of you!
A Thank you,
I ask you to forgive me my own anger, my
They, too, blind me.
P Yes, the
grandsons of goat herder…we now rule two million square miles!
But…none of you fear that this great
fortune…may drive us all to destruction.
A You overvalue us.
For as long as Darius breathes, he is the
legitimate King of Asia…and I but the King of
PHI But he has no
He’s lost in the mountains with no army.
A As long as he’s
lost, Philotas, he can be believed in.
Only when he’s found will it be decided.
PA It seems you’ve
already made up your mind.
A We must finish
what we failed to do at Gaugamela, Parmenion.
We must hunt Darius down, if it be, to the
ends of earth!
PA That was not
your father’s mission!
A And I am not my
Come on. Have you so quickly forgotten
fortune favors the bold?
PE By the gods!
What is this?
No wonder Darius fled when he had this to come back to.
I venture one for every night of the year.
LEONNATUS Help me, Aphrodite!
How will I ever go back to Lysimache after
N I advise you not
to touch, Leonnatus.
Here, I’ll take care of it for you.
BAGOAS Yes, I see.
A Aristotle was
Do these images fool us with their beauty
and degrade our souls?
Great King, Alexander.
PHA The Princess of the Thousand Roses…and eldest daughter of the
formerly Great King, Darius…Stateira
STATEIRA Noble Alexander…I come…to beg for the lives of my sisters…my
mother, my grandmother.
A You are not
wrong, Princess Stateira.
He, too, is Alexander.
S Please. I plead
for my family’s lives.
Sell me as a slave, Great King, but please
A Look now, in my
eyes…Princess…and tell me…how would you like to be treated?
S As I am…a
A Then so be it.
You and your family shall be treated as my
You shall live in this palace as long as
Have you any other requests for me, my noble
Everything I wish, I have…
A You truly are…a
O Yes, she
would be a perfect match for you…but you do nothing.
Three months you have been in Babylon…and leave me in Pella at the mercy of your enemies…of which
you have many.
Antipater, accustomed now to the power
that you have given him…I must watch him grow stronger.
I am certain that he communicates
secretly with Parmenion, who is dangerous, but beware, most of all, of those
closest to you.
They are like snakes, and can be turned.
is Antipater’s son…
Even Cleitus, your father’s favorite…and
Ptolemy, your friend, yes.
But beware of men who think too much.
They blind themselves.
Only Hephaistion do I leave out.
But all of them you make rich…while your
mother and yourself you leave in generous poverty.
Why won’t you ever believe me?
It is only a dark mind like mine…that
can know these secrets of the heart.
For they are dark, Alexander…so dark…
But in you…the son of Zeus, lies the
light of the world.
Your companions will be shadows in the
Underworld…when you are a name living forever in history…as the most glorious,
shining light of youth…forever young, forever inspiring.
Never will there be an Alexander like
Alexander the Great!
Remember, bring me to Babylon, as you promised.
I can only help you, for they know if
they harm you…they will face my wrath as Queen of Babylon!
A It’s a high
ransom she charges for nine months’ lodging in the womb.
H Bring her,
It’ll give her such joy.
When I’m the cracked mirror of her dreams?
Stay with me tonight, Hephaistion.
I’ll take my own bath.
Thank you, Bagoas.
H The generals
question your obsession with Darius.
They say it was never meant for you to be
King of Asia.
A Naturally. They
want only to return to their homes, rich with gold.
But I’ve seen the future, Hephaistion.
I’ve seen it now a thousand times, on a
These people want…need, change.
Aristotle was wrong about them.
H How so?
A Look at those
They leave their dead unburied, they smash
their enemies’ skulls, and drink them as dust.
They mate in public!
What can they think, or sing, or write,
when none can read?
But as Alexander’s Army, they can go where
they never thought possible.
They can soldier or work in the cities…the
Alexandrias, from Egypt to
the Outer Ocean.
We could connect these lands, Hephaistion,
and the people.
H Some say these
Alexandrias have become extensions of Alexander himself.
They draw people into the cities so as to
make slaves of them.
A But we freed them, Hephaistion, from the Persia where
everyone lived as slaves!
free the people of the world…such would be beyond the glory of Achilles, beyond
Herakles…a feat to rival Prometheus…who was always a friend to man.
H Remember the
fates of these heroes.
They suffered greatly.
A Oh, we all
Your father, mine.
They all came to the end of their time, and
in the end, when it’s over, all that matters is what you’ve done.
H You once said,
“The fear of death drives all men.”
Are there no other forces?
Is there not love in your life…Alexander?
I wonder sometimes, if it’s not your mother
you run from.
So many years, so many miles between you.
What is it you fear?
A Who knows these
When I was a child, my mother thought me
divine, my father weak.
Which am I, Hephaistion?
Weak or divine?
All I know is, I trust only you in this
I’ve missed you.
I need you.
It is you I love, Hephaistion…no other.
H You still hold
your head cocked…like that.
A I’ve stopped
H No, like a deer,
listening in the wind. You strike me still, Alexander.
And you have eyes like no other.
I sound as stupid as a schoolboy about it.
You’re everything I care for…and by the sweet
breath of Aphrodite…I’m so jealous of losing you to this world you want so
A You’ll never lose
I’ll be with you always.
Till the end.
campaign in the northeast of Persia…turned
into a hard guerilla war of almost three years.
We chased Darius towards Bactria…but
missed taking him by hours.
He was dying when we found him, sire.
He asked for water, he drank and died.
Great King Darius had been betrayed by his own commanders.
Fully honoring his corpse…Alexander
hunted down these commanders into unknown lands…crossing even beyond the River Oxus into Sogdia…
We fought them as far as the unknown
Steppes of Scythia…where only legendary heroes
had once trod.
The surveyors told us we were now on the
borders of where Europe and Asia meat.
In fact, as our new maps showed, we were
Here Alexander founded his tenth Alexandria…and settled it
with veterans, their women…and any who would dare the frontier life.
Unable to accept defeat in any form…Alexander
persisted in breaking every tribe that resisited…until the day he received the
head of his last enemy in surrender.
For Alexander, there could be no
pretender to the throne of Asia…which now included all of Sogdia and Bactria.
It was here that Alexander made one of
his most mysterious decisions.
PHA Her eyes tell
me she cares for you, Alexander…perhaps too much.
In the ways of my country…those who love
too much lose everything…and those who love with irony…last.
PA Your father must
be truning in his grave.
After all this time, a hill chief’s
A This girl has spirit!
PHI But what’s the
Just take her as your concubine.
A Because I want a
Damn you, Philotas!
PHI Then half your
nobles have sisters who’d make fine Macedonian mother.
A To take an Asian
as my Queen, not a captive, is a sign of deep respect.
It will, more than anything, bring us
together, unify us.
Which is not to say I won’t take a
Macedonian on day.
PHI As a second
You insult Macedonia!
POLYPERCHON Alexander…this is about the honor of our kingdom.
PA Exactly! What
can be won, Alexander?
We came here to Asia
to punish them for their crimes.
We’ve achieved that!
Seven years from home, now we drift from
one far region to another…chasing nomads and bandits, when Macedonia
bleeds its manpower!
To build roads in Asia?
To give these people cities?
A To found cities
and expand our reach is not to drift, Parmenion
PA What benefit to
A It’s far richer
PA Look what you
N With respect for
your age…had you fought better at Gaugamela
when your flank was crumbling—
PHI How dare you,
N General Nearchus
to you, boy.
spread our flank too thin!
There was nothing my father, any of you,
could have done!
Alexander, I’ve known you since you were
I supported you at your father’s death.
At the very least, for Zeus’ sake…and in
respect to the Council that chose you King…give us a Macedonian heir!
A Macedonian heir!
A You have been
And after the wedding, you’ll take two
brigades back to Babylon…where I look to you,
and Antipater in Greece…to
maintain our Empire and supply this expedition.
I’ll winter in the north with my advance
army at Marakand.
PA I pray to Apollo
you soon realize how far you’ve turned from your father’s path!
A Damn you,
Parmenion, by the gods and your Apollo!
War was in my father’s guts, wasn’t
overripe and reason like yours!
PA He never lusted
for war, Alexander, or enjoyed it so!
He consulted his peers in council…among
equals, the Macedonian way!
He didn’t make decisions based on his
I’ve taken us further than my father ever
Old man, we’re in new worlds!
C Alexander, be
Were they ever meant to be our equals?
Share our rewards?
You remember what Aristotle said.
What would a wedding vow ever mean to a
race that has never kept their word to a Greek?
A Aristotle be
By Zeus and all the gods, what makes you so
much better than them, Cassander?
Better than you really are?
In you and those like you is this.
What disturbs me most is not your lack of
respect for my judgment…but your contempt for a world far older than ours.
O.P And so
then years after his mother’s insistence he marry a Macedonian…
A Through our
union, Greek and barbarian may be reconciled in peace.
most powerful man in the world, took a girl of no political significance.
Some say it was for alliance with the
tribes…others the desire for a successor.
And yet others said Alexander truly fell
Who Roxane really was…I doubt that any
of us ever saw further than the pools of those black eyes.
Alexander…special for you.
A On this glorious
occasion…I toast this great Army that has given so much!
And in honor of them, those of you who set
out with us seven long years ago…I pronounce all your debts paid forthwith from
the Royal Treasury!
And in honor of my bride…my beautiful bride…we
recognize the many women who’ve shared the long, hard road with us…and grant
them dowries befitting a proper marriage!
And what about our boys?
And lastly…lastly, the gods demand no less
of us…that your children with these women be given…a proper Greek education and
military training, under our protection…so as to be the new soldiers…of our
H I found it in Egypt.
The man who sold it to me said it came from
a time…when man worshipped sun and stars.
I’ll always think of you…as the sun,
And I pray your dream will shine on all
I wish you a son.
A You’re a great
H Many will love
you, Alexander, but none so pure and deep—
ROXANE You love him?
A He is
There are many different ways to love,
You have no fear.
A man searches for a woman at Earth’s
Top…and finds her.
The myth becomes real.
R Yeah…great man!
You, I kill now.
A Do it!
I would do…I would do the same.
I’ll die a fool, for this…love.
My life is now yours.
You will have my son.
O Who is
this woman you call your Queen, Alexander?
A hill girl?
You? With your breeding?
Already she makes enemies with her
strong, clumsy nature.
Do not confuse us.
I was never a barbarian, as Philip said.
We are of Achilles’ royal blood!
Zeus is your father!
I understand, she brings you some
happiness…but hear me when I tell you, act and act soon!
After seven years, people wonder, “Who
is this King Alexander?”
I have given you ample proof.
Antipater daily undermines your
Return to Babylon
and strengthen your center…or come home to Macedonia and reorganize.
But do not chase your dream further
Your life and mine depend on it.
Remember…my only thoughts are of you.
As you, too, must face your glorious
destiny…think kindly of your mother.
Provide for me.
Protect me from your enemies when you
are gone…and remember, always, it is I who love you more than any.
A If only you were
not a pale reflection of my mother’s heart.
A Who did this?
Never will you find a man as devoted as I.
conspiracy deeply upset Alexander…not only because it involved the young pages
who’d shared his dream…more intimately…it implicated Philotas, his companion
from boyhood…who was Captain of Alexander’s Royal Guards.
remember me for who I am.
A I do remember
you, Philotas, but not as you remember yourself.
It appears to me and your peers here that
the true weather of your soul is ambition.
O.P None of
us defended Philotas…
PHI I didn’t do
O.P But then
again, none of us ever liked him…and of course, his power was carved up by the
rest of us.
Before he died, we tortured him to find
out what his father, Parmenion, knew…but this we never learned.
What to do with Parmenion and his 20,000
troops guarding our supply lines…was a far more delicate matter.
Was he innocent in this…or had he
decided to act before age further withered his power?
CR They’ll be
PE The men’ll
follow their King.
AN Alexander won’t
Necessity required Alexander to act…He sealed the camp within the hour of the
first accusations against Philotas.
A Then go,
Atigonous, and Cleitus.
And go quickly.
days hard riding sent Antigonous and Cleitus to Parmenion.
His soldiers accepted the finding of
guilt against Parmenion…as they understood the head of family was
responsible…for the behavior of all.
remember a remark of Bagoas’ once, that love eluded Alexander…as much, if not
more, than finding the End of the World.
In the spring…Alexander marched an army
of a hundred and fifty thousand across the passes of the Hindu
Kush…into the unknown.
In his dream, it was the promised route
to the End of the World.
We were now a mobile Empire, stretching
back thousands of miles to Greece…cooks and architects, doctors and surveyors,
moneylenders and wives, children, lovers, whores, and forget not the
slaves…that anonymous, bent, working spine of this new beast.
Ravaged or expanded, for better or
worse…no occupied territory remained the same again.
Although devoted to Roxane, Alexander’s
visits to her tent diminished…as a year, then two, went by without a
successor…wounding Alexander’s great pride.
P The surveyors are
saying that Zeus chained Prometheus up there…in one of those caves.
They say there’s a giant eagle’s nest just
I suppose he drops down each night to peck
out poor Prometheus’ liver.
A You remember what
Aristotle told us of these mountains?
P Yes, I do.
When we reached these heights, we’d look
back and see Macedonia
to the West…
And the Outer Ocean
to the East…but I fear this world is far larger than anyone dreamed.
A A world of
P The scouts have
been up every known trail, Alexander.
There is no way across…except to the
A Were we gods,
we’d breach these walls to the Eastern
P We will,
In a few years’ time, we will return.
But first the men must see their homes.
A Have you found
your home, Ptolemy?
P More and more, I
think it will be Alexandria.
Well, at least it’s hot!
Thais, she loved it there.
A Women bring men
I have no such feeling.
P You have Babylon, Alexander…where
your mother awaits your invitation.
A Yes, I have Babylon.
But each land, each boundary I cross…I
strip away another illusion.
I sense Death will be the last…yet still I
push harder and harder to reach this…home.
Where has our eagle gone?
We must go on, Ptolemy…until we find an
the land where the sun was born…fabled to be even richer than Persia…had
never been explored or donquered.
Form the beginning, Alexander struggled
to unify a land without a center.
Kings who conspired against one
another…a labyrinth of tribes, urged on by zealots and philosophers….to die by
the thousands for their strange gods.
Crateros, in the advance party, fought
against men with hairy skins…who were tiny and lived in the tops of trees.
They’re in the trees!
Hephaistion convinced us these were animals who imitated men…but wore their own
Keep that away from me.
called this tribe “monkey”.
A It’s a monkey.
Hello, little man.
Do they speak?
H No, but they do
sing and make noises.
O.P And then
there was the rain.
Never before had we seen water that fell
from the gods…for sixty days and nights.
A You know better,
What’s your son going to say?
Come on, man, the older you get, the
MACHATAS Right, my King.
Give me my horse, Alexander.
I’ll be with you, at your side.
Watch out for the serpent!
Look out! Look out for the snake!
Hold it! Hold it tight!
A Cleitus, bring
the snake healers!
Someone bring Pauvanus!
CR What happened,
A It’s to the neck.
CR Zeus, no! Hold
Be brave! Be brave.
Oh, Zeus… no.
quest for gold and glory evaporated as we realized there was none to be had.
We massacred all Indians who
resisted…and with the local water putrid, we drank the strong wine.
O.P As we
moved southeast…Alexander often returned the lands we conquered to their
defeated kings…so as to make of them allies.
But this did not sit well with the Army,
who began to wonder…if Alexander was on some crazed quest to imitate the glory
N Give him a kiss!
A kiss for the boy!
A To Bagoas!
A And to my
mother’s god, Dionysus…who we’re told by our Indian allies, traveled here
before Herakles, some six thousand years ago!
To a hero!
To a hero!
R You lose face!
These Indians, they are a low, evil people!
A You don’t try to
R I try.
But this I know, Alexander…in Persia you are
Here, they hate you!
Let us go back to Babylon.
There you are strong.
A We’ll talk about
R Yes, later.
A I shall come,
R And I shall wait.
Good night, my King.
CL I’ll toast to
CL And the 30,000
beautiful Persian boys…we’re training to fight in this great Army!
And to the memory of Philip!
Had he lived to see his Macedonians
transformed into such…a pretty Army!
To a real hero!
P And to Cleitus
and his new appointment as satrap of Bactria!
CL That’s a fancy
way of putting it, Ptolemy…but we all know what a pension and an exile is after
thirty years’ service!
A You call
governing this major province “exile”?
CL Has Your Majesty
given any of his closest companions…a province so far from home?
A Then you won’t
make a very good satrap, will you, Cleitus?
CL So be it!
Let me rot in Macedonian rags…rather than
shine in Eastern pomp!
I won’t quake and bow down like the
sycophants you have around you.
A As Governor of
one of our most Asian of satrapies, Cleitus…does it not occur to you, that if
my Persian subjects bow down before me…it’s important for them to do so?
Do I insist on Greeks doing the same?
CL You accept Greek
offerings as a son of Zeus, do you not?
A Only when
CL Then why don’t
you refuse these vain flatteries?
What freedom is this, to bow before you?
A You bow before
Herakles, do you not?
And he was mortal…but a son of Zeus.
CL How can you, so
young, compare yourself to Herakles?
A Why not?
I’ve achieved more in my years…traveled as
far, probably farther.
CL Herakles did it
Did you conquer Asia
by yourself, Alexander?
Who planned the Asian invasion?
Was it not your father?
Or is his blood no longer good enough?
Zeus-Amon, is it?
A You insult me,
You mock my family!
CL Never would your
father have taken barbarians as his friends…or asked us to fight with them as
equals in war!
Are we not good enough?
I remember a time when we could talk as
men, straight to the eye.
None of this scraping and groveling!
And now you kiss them…take a barbarian
childless wife, and dare call her Queen!
A Go quickly,
Cleitus, before you ruin your life.
CL Doesn’t your
great pride fear the gods any longer?
This Army, this Army’s your blood, boy!
PH Without it,
A You no longer
serve the purpose of this march!
Get him from my sight!
CL I don’t serve
What was I serving when I saved your puppy
life at Gaugamela?
Do you think we’ll be forced now to mate
with brown apes, to please Your Highness?
A Turn out the
Arrest him for treason!
Who’s with him?
Who’s with him?
I call Father Zeus to witness.
I call you to trial before him!
We’ll see how deep this conspiracy cuts!
CL You speak about plots against you?
What about poor Parmenion?
You made me do your foul deed.
Have you no shame? Hypocrite!
Despot! False King!
You and your barbarian mother live in
No. No. Cleitus?
R Let me pass!
None can enter, your Highness.
R I am the queen!
I want to see him.
I’ve waited 3 days.
H He says none.
Not even you.
R He needs me!
H No. He doesn’t.
R And he needs you?
C Hephaistion, you
make a mistake.
H The Army needs
A Yes, like a old
lover they forgive, but they will never forget.
You know more than any…
H …great deeds are
done by men who took and never regretted.
Pity and grief will only destroy you.
A Have I become so
arrogant that I am blind?
expect the best of everyone is arrogance.
A Then Cleitus
I have become a tyrant.
H You’re mortal.
And they know it.
And they forgive you because you make them
proud of themselves.
A I failed,
Macedonia – 8 Years Before
Philip, King of Macedonia…and
leader of the Greeks.
PH All my life I’ve
waited to see Greeks grovel with respect for Macedonia.
Today is that day.
They say already, “Philip was a great
general…but Alexander is simply great.”
But if you ever insult me again, I’ll kill
I’ve missed ya!
In the spring, Persia!
You’ll command my horse from the right.
A I’m honored,
I wouldn’t miss it for all the gold in the
PH Which you one
day will have!
O Making himself a
He’s drunk so much wine, my poor Philip,
he’s lost his mind!
AT Your Majesty.
I hope the Prince is enjoying the spectacle
as much as our Regent.
EURYDICE He’s very tired.
PH Pausanias! Bring
the rest of the Guard!
PAU Royal Guard!
To the arena!
CL No guard, Your
In all this crowd?
Greeks all over the place
PH Cleitus! My
This man you can always trust, Alexander!
Treat him as you would me.
He’ll guard your back for you.
A Yes, Father.
PH My people are
guard enough today, Cleitus!
Let these Greeks see for themselves how I
can walk through my people…then let them call me “tyrant!”
Bring the Main Guard in after my entry
Cleitus, make sure the wine flows steady
I want them to like me.
Weren’t you told?
I go in alone.
You follow with the Main Guard.
A Father, it’s best
I go with you.
PH You want the
world to see you’re my successor?
Is that what she wants?
Don’t look so hurt all the time, Alexander,
be a man!
Count yourself lucky you were here at all
today, after your public display!
By Herakles, by Zeus, by all the gods, obey
me this once!
A Have courage, Father,
and go on your way rejoicing that at each step…you may recall your valor.
And now Our Beloved King, Philip…in whose honor these wedding games
PH Pausanias, I
They murdered our king!
The king is slain!
H The king lives!
Alexander, son of Philip!
May the gods bless the king!
You’re king now.
May the gods bless Alexander!
A Get out!.
How can you behave so shamelessly in
O Because it was
meant to be.
A this isn’t how I
wanted to become king.
O No one blames
A They blame me
already behind my back!
O Slander is not
A Shame is?
Who killed my father?
Tell me, or shall I put you on trial for
A He had help!
Did you help him?
O No, never.
Why would I?
So many wanted it, Greeks, Persians, men…
A You’re mad!
You’ve unleashed Furies, you don’t even
know their power!
O Now who is
Even if it was the wish of your heart.
A That’s a lie!
He was my father, I loved him!
O He was not your
Your owe no blood debt to that man!
A You lie and lie
So many lies you’ve spun, like a sorceress,
O Look at you.
Look at you, you are everything that he was
He was coarse, you are refined.
He was a General, and you are a king!
He could not rule himself…and you shall
rule the world!
A You’re so cursed
by all the gods when you speak like this.
Such thick pride, and no mourning for your
What do you know of Philip?
Zeus is your father.
Act like it!
A My first act
would be to kill you!
You murdered me in my cradle.
You birthed me in a sack of hate…hate you
have for those stronger than you, hate you have for men!
O I taught you my
heart, Alexander…and by Zeus and Dionysus, you grew beautiful!
A Dame your
O Your soul is
A No! No!
You’ve taken from me everything I’ve ever
loved and made me you!
O Stop it!
Stop acting like a boy!
You’re a king!
Act like one!
Parmenion is with us, for once!
Execute Attalus without delay, then
confiscate their lands, and root out that family forever.
A Eurydice? Never!
Laugh, you monster!
O How will you live
out the year like this, hm?
Have you learned nothing from Philip?
A No, from you,
O What have I done
to make you hate me so?
One day, you will understand this…but I
have only you in my heart…I know what you need.
Now is the time.
The gods favor you.
Great wealth, power, conquest…all you
desire, the world is yours!
O.P He never
saw his mother again.
And while he was away, fighting the
Northern tribes…Olympias had Philip’s new wife, Eurydice, and her infant son
necessity, he had her uncle, Attalus, executed.
A Of course you
We all have fears, because no one has ever
gone this far before!
And now we are weeks from the Encircling Ocean, our route home.
We’ll build a fleet of ships and sail all the
way back down the Nile to Egypt!
And from Alexandria, we shall be home within weeks!
There to be reunited with our loved ones…to
share our great treasures and tales of Asia…and
to enjoy our imperishable glory to the ends of time!
We’re with you, Alexander!
Where are these great Amazons of myth who
dare to fight and kill men?
Where have they gone?
We’ll never leave you, Alexander!
A You, Meleager…who
are these tribes ahead compared to those we’ve vanquished?
You break my heart.
You men, afraid?
CR My king.
I don’t like no bellyaching, I won’t
tolerate it in any of my units.
But I lost many a man.
Young ones, never been with a woman.
Some died of disease.
Some were butchered in Scythia, by the
banks of the Oxus.
Some died good.
Some just didn’t get no luck…but they died.
40,000 I come over with eight years ago…and
we march after you, more than ten thousand miles.
In the rain and the sun, we fought for you.
Some of us, fifty battles we’ve been in.
We killed many a barbarian.
And now when I look around, how many of
them faces do I see?
And now you want us to fight more of these
crazy monkey tribes east of here.
We hear talk of thousands of these elephant
monsters, cross a hundred more rivers!
Who better than you to speak, most noble of
But you know these’s no part of me without
a scar or a bone broken.
By sword, knife, stone, catapult, and
club…I’ve shared every hardship with all of you!
CR Aye, you have,
my king, and we love you for it!
But by Zeus, too many have died!
You have no children, Alexander…and we’re
just humble men, we seek no disturbance with the gods.
All we wish for…is to see our children…and
our wives, and our grandchildren, one last time…before we join our brothers in
that dark House they call Hades!
A Yes! You’re
I have been negligent.
I should have sent you veterans home sooner
and I will!
The first of you shall be the Silver
And then every man who’s served 7
years…with full pensions from our treasury!
And respected…rich, loved, you’ll be
treated by your wives and children as heroes…for the rest of your lives…and
enjoy a peaceful death!
But you dream Crateros!
Your simplicity long ended when you took
Persian mistresses and children…and you thickened your holdings with plunder
and jewels…because you’ve fallen in love with all the things in life that
Do you not see!
And you, as well as I, know…that as the
years decline and the memories stale…and all your great victories fade it will
always be remembered, you left your king in Asia!
For I will go on, with my Asians!
We’re tired of flory!
To the jackals with you then, Alexander!
We come for you and you discard us!
We want to see our wives and children before we die!
I’ve got children I haven’t even seen!
I want to see my children!
A I paid for your
I’ve taken nothing for myself!
And all I’ve asked of you was one more
H That’s your King!
What would your father say?
A I’ve taken you
further than my father ever dreamed!
A So go home!
I look to the barbarians for their courage!
I go east!
He wants us all dead, so no one can speak of his drimes!
A Who said that?
We’ll never make it back to Macedonia!
A You despicable
Make your accusations public!
Why? So you can have us killed?
Son of Zeus!
You desecrate your real father’s memory.
Or did you murder him like you did Cleitus?
A Hide! Hide in
Because I will take your life—
Get back to your tents, you cowards!
You insult my honor and my paternity!
And him! Yes!
And you, this loudmouth Demetrios!
You call me murderer?
I have no such blood on my hands!
Yes, you’ll know the pain of treason!
You mock my shame for Cleitus and say I
would harm a hair of my father’s head!
After all I’ve done for you, you swine!
You cowards! Traitors!
Come on, then!
Where are your daggers?
O.P He drove
on, south to the Outer
In smashing the mutiny and executing the
ringleaders…he did nothing, to my mind, that any general in wartime would not
But clearly the Army was divided…and
Alexander was no longer loved by all.
CR Stay calm.
Together we are strong as gods!
Cover with your left…strike hard with your
Fear is rot!
A waste of time!
PE Lock shields!
prepare your knives!
CR Strike hard,
boys! Strike hard!
Why do you hang back! Hurry!
Split to thirds!
Regroup and encircle!
Cover your back!
CR Hold the line!
We must hold!
A No! Cavalry on
A The Phalanx is in
Meleager, ride to Pharnakes and tell him
return to the center at once!
Amyntas, find Hephaistion at the riverbank
and bring all cavalry to the center!
We must reach Crateros before it’s too
Hephaistion! To the center!
Coenus! Get out of there!
Hold together, Macedonians!
H The horses won’t
On foot then!
CR Fall back, men!
A Come, Bucephalus.
It is only sun and shadow.
You and I, together, one last time,
Isn’t it a lovely thing to live with great
courage…and to die living an everlasting fame?
Come, Macedonians, why do you retreat?
Do you want to live forever?
In the name of Zeus, attack!
H The King is down!
P To the King!
In the name of your king!
Nearchus, how is he?
How is he?
O.P It was
the bloodiest of his battles.
Pure butchery…the end of all reason.
We’d never be men again.
A Men of
Macedon…we’re going home!
The gods be with you, Alexander!
We love you!
A We’re going home!
O.P His life
should have ended in India…but
In life, Herakles died of a poisoned
shirt…given him in error by his jealous wife.
Making his devotions to the gods at the
end of the great journey…Alexander bade the East farewell, and marched this
army directly west…across the great Gedrosian
Desert…seeking the shortest route home
To this day, there is no accounting of
how many died.
It was the worst blunder of his life.
And when he finally re-entered Babylon, after six years
in the far East…Alexander again seized the imagination of the world…by taking
two more wives.
A Just last night
DOCTOR It’s the water, Your majesty!
He mixed it with the wine.
A But, how can this be?
Typhus, of India?
DO I wouldn’t tax
yourself, Your Majesty.
A few good night’s rest will do it.
But no wine or cold chicken—
H I feel better.
Soon, I’ll be up.
A We leave for Arabia in the spring and I couldn’t leave without you.
You used to dress me up like a sheik…wave
your wooden scimitar.
A You were the only
one who’d never let me win.
The only one who’s ever been honest with
You saved me from myself.
Please don’t leave me, Hephaistion.
I remember the young man who wants to be
Achilles…and then outdid him.
A And you
And then what happened?
Ours is a myth only young men believe.
H But how beautiful
a myth it was.
A We reach… we
H I worry for you
A I am nothing
Come, fight, Hephaistion!
We will die together!
It’s our destiny.
We’ll have children with our wives…and our
sons will play together as we once did.
A thousand ships we’ll launch from here,
We’ll round Arabia…and sail up the Gulf to Egypt.
From there we’ll build a channel through
the desert and out to the Middle
And then we’ll move on Carthage.
And that great island, Sicily, they’ll pay large tribute.
After that, the Roman tribe, good fighters!
We’ll beat them…and then explore the
northern forests…and out the Pillars of Herakles to the Western Ocean!
And then one day, not ten years from now…Babylon, with its
deep-water harbor, will be the center of the World!
The Alexandrias will grow, populations will
mix and travel freely.
Asia and Europe
will come together.
And we’ll grow old, Hephaistion…looking out
our balcony at this New World.
Where is this Doctor?
DO I can’t explain
this, your Majesty.
It’s not possible!
I swear by Apollo--
A Execute him!
Take him out, now, and execute him!
P Come away!
A Liars! Liars!
You all hated him!
All of you!
Get out, now!
A Be gone with you!
Get out! Get out!
R Are you drunk
A He’s dead.
A Many hated
him…but I don’t think any other would have dared!
R Hephaistion is
Are you mad?
A You monster!
R Are you mad?
A You’ve taken from
me all that I’ve ever loved!
May all the Furies through time damn your
PH Obey me!
R I have your
Alexander, I have your child!
Alexander, my husband, my King!
We have a son!
A My poor, poor,
Never touch me again!
A One last
toast…before the dawn.
To my old…friends!
And to the myths!
To the myths!
A To the next dawn!
O Rest your eyes my little son
A Yes, come.
Come to Babylon…I await you.
R Wait! Wait!
Your son, Alexander!
Just three more months!
PE Alexander, we
Tell us who.
Who will rule this great empire?
Who do you want, Alexander?
A Fear not. We are at the beginning.
The myth becomes
I’ll be on walls
When this is
over, all that matters is what you’ve done.
PH I’ll remember.
O Zeus is your father!
N The Army will
Satrapies will revolt.
Without your orders, there’ll be war.
P Pray tell us,
O It is I who love you more than any.
What did he say?
A To the best.
PE He said, “To the
L No, he said, “To
Why would he say Crateros?
Babylon, Persia-June 323 B.C
O.P On the
10th of June…a month short of his 33rd year, Alexander’s
great heart…finally gave out, and as he vowed, he joined Hephaistion.
But in his short life, he achieved,
without doubt…the mythic glory of his ancestor Achilles…and more.
His sacrifice was an early death…but in
keeping to his side of the bargain…I cannot help but feel Alexander conquered
Death as well.
Olympias’ transgression in the murder of
his father…is to my mind, a probability.
Alexander was too in love with glory for
him to steal it.
But by blood, and blood alone…he was
The body stays in Babylon.
hours, we were fighting like jackals for his corpse.
The wars of the world had begun.
40 years off and on they
endured…Cassander in Greece,
Crateros and Antigonous in western Asia…Solucas and Perdiccas in the East,
myself in Egypt…until
we divided his Empire in four parts.
P Gentlemen, we are
Cassander certainly proved his will to power…when seven years later, he had
And within twelve years, he achieved…the
complete destruction of Alexander’s bloodline…
O.P …when he
poisoned Roxane and Alexander’s thirteen-year-old son…the true heir to the
But the truth is never simple…and yet it
The truth is, we did kill him.
By silence, we consented.
Because we couldn’t go on.
What did we have to look forward to but to
be discarded in the end like Cleitus!
After all this time, to give away our
wealth to Asian sycophants we despised?
Mixing the races, “harmony” , pah!
Oh, he talked of these things…
But wasn’t it really about Alexander, and
another population ready to obey him?
I never believed in his dream.
None of us did.
That’s the truth of his life.
The dreamers exhaust us.
They must die before they kill us with
their blasted dreams!
Just throw all that away, Cadmos.
It’s an old fool’s rubbish.
You shall write, “He died of fever and a
CADMOS Yes, great Pharaoh.
O.P He could’ve
stayed home in Macedonia,
married, raised a family.
He’d have died a celebrated man.
But this was not Alexander.
All his life…he fought to free himself from
And by this, and this alone, he was made
free…the freest man I’ve ever known!
His tragedy was one of increasing
loneliness…and impatience with those who could not understand.
And if his desire to reconcile Greek and
barbarian…ended in failure…well, what failure!
His failure towered over other men’s
I’ve lived, I’ve lived long life, Cadmos…but
the glory and the memory of man…will always belong to the ones who follow their
And the greatest of these is the one they
now call… “Megas Alexandros”.
The greatest Alexander of them all.
a MORITZ BORMAN
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(is order of appearance)
OLD PTOLEMY…ANTHONY HOPKINS
CHILD ALEXANDER…JESSIE KAMM
YOUNG ALEXANDER…CONNOR PAOLO
YOUNG NEARCHUS…PETER WILLIAMSON
YOUNG CASSANDER…MORGAN CHRISTOPHER FERRIS
HORSE SELLER…MICK LALLY
CASSANDER…JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS
CAMMIRE SOLDIER (DIMNUS)…MICHAEL
DYING SOLDIER (GLAUKOS)…TADHG
FAT EUNUCH…JEAN LE
CUP BEARED #1…HARRY
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