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Alexander the Great
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(356, Pella – Jun 323 bce, Babylon), “the Great” since Plautus c. 200 bce, son of Olympia of Epirus and Philip II, in 336 successor as king of Macedonia and head of the Corinthian League. In 334–326 he conquered the Persian empire under Darius III, in 331 founded Alexandria and in 323 died in Babylon, the planned capital of his universal empire. Alexander's silver coins show Zeus and Heracles, his ancestors (with Alexander's profile?); the gold coins show Athena. Alexander donated the Parthenon in Athens, the temple of Artemis …

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Demandt, Alexander, “Alexander the Great”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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