Alexander the Great, Part II: Show Notes

Alexander the Great, Part II investigates the strangest event of Alexander's career - his visit to the Oracle of Ammon at the Siwa Oasis in Northern Africa.

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):

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

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.  

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. 

Daniel Ogden, PhD

Professor Ogden is the Head of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter in England. His principal research areas include Greek religion, traditional narratives in antiquity, and Macedonian and Hellenistic dynasties. He is also one of the world's leading experts in both the birth myths of Alexander and Alexander's sexuality. See more of his work



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 

Pharaoh Ramses II - Derek Fiechter


Key Sources/Resources:

Arrian, The Anabasis of Alexander

Plutarch, Parallel Lives

Quintus Curtius Rufus, Life of Alexander the Great

Siwa Oasis, Libya

Robin Lane Fox, Alexander the Great

Daniel Ogden, Alexander and Africa

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