Alexander the Great, 356–323 b. c.

[Mentioned in Message to The Mother Church for 1900, pp. 12, 13]

Alexander the Great, king of Macedonia, was a man of conflicting qualities. Remarkably self-controlled, he was on occasion passionately impulsive. A visionary and lover of adventure, he was extremely practical. Although displaying courage and self-reliance, he was almost superstitious in his attention to symbolism.

Aristotle taught Alexander, imparting to him a love of literature and interesting him in science. When he burned Thebes as a punishment for her rebellion, Alexander spared only the temples and the home of Pindar, the poet. Alexander carried a copy of the Iliad with him on all his campaigns. He took special care of his army's health.

Signs of the Times
July 28, 1956

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