Alexander the Great, Part I: Show Notes

Alexander the Great, Part I investigates the mysterious link between Alexander and the mythic hero Achilles. Below, you'll find more info. on the guests, music, and resources which made this episode possible. If you notice anything missing, please leave a comment! 

Guests (in order of appearance):

Jeanne Reames, PhD

Dr. Reames is the Director of Ancient Mediterranean Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her research and teaching focuses on Ancient Greece, the Ancient Near East, and the early Church. She is also one of the world's leading experts on Alexander's mysterious companion Hephaestion. See more of her work.  

Andrew Chugg

Andrew Chugg is a leading researcher, writer, and commentator on the life and times of Alexander the Great. He has been featured on the BBC and in National Geographic. Andrew maintains two websites featuring his work: Alexander's Lovers and Alexander's Tomb

Dimitra Triantafyllidou 

Dimitra is from the Macedonian region of Greece, where Alexander the Great grew up. She is a biochemist with a passion for the history of her homeland. In addition to reading her letter to me in the Key Sources/Resources below, you can also follow her on Quora, where she is one of the most prolific and interesting writers on history and science. 



Greek Temple - Derek and Brandon Fiechter

Tzivaeri traditional sea song - Arranged by P. Stefos, used with the permission of LyrAvlos Centre of Greek Musical Tradition 


Key Sources/Resources:

Arrian, The Anabasis of Alexander

Plutarch, Parallel Lives

A Letter from Dimitra

Faces of Power: Alexander's Image and Hellenistic Politics

Blog post: Did Alexander really idolize Achilles? 

The Iliad