Peter Clarke (1929 - )
Alexander the Great

mixed media
50 x 35cm

Charismatic? Undoubtedly. Even if you thought of
home & the taste of your mother's lambstew, if he said,
'Listen, chaps, tomorrow we're going to invade India'
you'd prepare yourself to go. His was the kind of
leadership that inspired men to follow to the ends of
the earth… even if you had corns & your bunions
were causing problems.

We had left Greece as Greeks. But along the way
we acquired mistresses & wives & families & even
the customs of the countries that became part of
Alexander's empire. It was a good time, a wonderful
heroic experience being a soldier in his army.
But had he not died so young, had the gods allowed
him to continue being victorious & to live into
truly old age, I wonder how it would have affected
us all, as it undoubtedly would have?

Instead of being men of Greek descent
in the various territories conquered, would we, as
grand as it sounds, have become also citizens of
the world?

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