Episode 3.1 (7) – The King is Dead

He was King for only 13 years and died aged just before he turned 33.  However, in that short period Alexander the Great left an enduring mark in his life and in posterity.  In June 323 BC, Alexander died in his palace in Babylon.  He left no obvious successor and his death initiated 40 years of war.

The coin in the cover art today is one of the seminal coin types of ancient coinage. These coins continued for centuries after his death and while it is debated whether they actually show a portrait of Alexander as Hercules, it is likely that later generations felt this was the case.

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MACEDONIAN KINGDOM. Alexander III The Great. (336-323 BC). Silver tetradrachm (17.19 gm). Babylon, lifetime issue, ca. 325-323 BC. Head of young Heracles right in lion skin headdress / ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Zeus enthroned left, holding eagle on extended right hand and resting left on scepter, bee above M in left field, ΦΙΛΗ monogram under throne. Price 3619. Rare. Struck at Alexander’s most important mint at the apex of his power. Fully mint state.
Source: Gemini Numismatic Auctions, LLC https://www.geminiauction.com/
Alexander Mosaic, a Roman floor mosaic originally from the House of the Faun in Pompeii.
Source: Wikipedia

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