Keon M., 18, Cousin, Phone Call
Yes, he does know about Alexander The Great. My cousin took an Advanced Placement World History class in his sophomore year in high school which touched on this remarkable general whilst alluding to different accomplishments present-day rulers have achieved. Keon highlighted that the most memorable part of the lesson was how Alexander actually came into being; Nectanebos deceiving Olympias, which led her to believe that she will be impregnated by the god, Ammon.
Anna R., Early 70’s, Grandmother, At Home
Yes, she does know about Alexander The Great. A few years ago, she was browsing television channels when she came across the Guyana Learning Channel which was airing a show (that was coming to its conclusion) about great kings. It was not predominantly about Alexander the Great, and even though she only caught the remaining ten minutes, she was able to learn a little about him. She learned that he was a great general, and that one of the remarkable things he did before his incredible reign was tame a “beast,” as she claimed, and was the only one to do it even though much younger and supposedly less feeble than other people who attempted.
Faizal K., Late 30’s, Former Coach, Kings Plaza
Yes, he does know about Alexander The Great. He claims that his older brother, Maariz Khan, constantly encouraged him to take coaching seriously, and to expand the club he trained. In doing so, Maariz constantly mentioned Alexander The Great and how he was able to conquer a vast amount of land, and that Coach Faizal will only be able to take his team through the lower leagues and have them reach the highest level if he adopts a persistent mindset.
Review on Responses:
Everyone I interviewed was cognizant of who Alexander The Great was, but their knowledge of this magnificent conqueror varied greatly. Nevertheless, all these responses do relate to what was taught in class.
My cousin, Keon, was made aware of him through lessons in his high school. He mentioned that the only bit of information he remembered was the birth of Alexander. Keon explained the birth in a similar but shortened form of how my colleagues and I learned this – He mentions Nectanebos fleeing from his kingdom in Egypt to Pella in Macedonia as a prophet. In his time there, he encounters Olympias, who requests him to question him due to his quickly gained popularity (“In Macedon, Nectanebos became so famous to all by examining the natural order, that the Queen, Olympias, was to come and question him.” [Para. 6]). Upon trying to find out her fate, she is advised that her husband will part ways once back from a conquest, and the only way to stop this is by being impregnated by the God, Ammon. Nectanebos impersonates this God, and impregnates Olympias, leaving her with Alexander (“… you are destined to mate with an earthly god and to conceive from him, and after conceived, to give birth and to nurse, and to have this child as your avenger for the wrongs which will come to you from Phillip.” [Para. 9]). This does relate to what was taught in our recent lecture, but is in a less-detailed form, explaining the beginning of what was to be a legendary time. In class, we were given much more detail, as to who Olympias’ husband was (which Keon never mentioned) and how Nectanebos impregnated the queen through sly, crafty methods.
(I did expect my cousin to know who this was, considering his great admiration for history and exceptional grades in classes.)
My grandmother, was made aware of him through a show in which she viewed a decade ago, and that was the only time she had heard of him. Her account of Alexander of taming the horse was different from what we learned. She recalled the show claiming that many tried to tame the beast in an arena and when this many rapidly turned into none, Alexander stepped up to tame it, with the reluctance of Phillip II, using the horse’s fear of its own shadow against itself and thus disciplining it. In contrast, in class we were taught that Alexander was passing by where the animal was being imprisoned, and upon hearing its cries, questioned its status (“What is this noise? It is the neighing of a horse or the crying of a lion?” [Para. 47]). When he finally came across the captured animal, he was able to establish a connection immediately, taming him (“And when Alexander saw his new mien, and noticed the traces of the many who had been put to death, he, as a man, felt pity. Trusting in his ancestry, he grabbed the halter of the horse and subdued him by physical strength, rather than by luck, and he mounted him without a bridle [Para. 48]). Additionally, my grandmother never mentioned the actual steed’s name, Bucephalus.
My former Coach, who was in New York on vacation, was made aware of Alexander the Great only through his older brother. He was an afterschool Soccer Coach who was aspiring to take his coaching dreams to another level, but was sluggish. He then found motivation to be persistent through his brother’s constant lectures about Alexander the Great and how he was able to raise a great empire, referring to the fact that he should aspire to be the “Alexander” of leagues in which his team enters. My Coach mentions knowing places Alexander did conquer, including Punjab, Egypt and Mesopotamia, but this was as far as his knowledge went about Alexander the Great.
(I did not expect him to know about Alexander The Great since he had “left” high school at an early age.)
Daniel, Team Diana.