I haven’t been posting about this book because most of the stories are the usual stereotypical ones you might associate with Greek Mythology (ex. Perseus, Theseus and the Minotaur, Jason and the Argonauts, Daedalus and the Labyrinth, etc).
Warning: The parts in between these chapters has funny lines. If you cannot handle the amazingness of this narration, I suggest reading it anyway. 😉 If you do not know what the stories I mention above are, I suggest using Wikipedia.
This story is about Alexander the Great and Darius. I am switching between reading and posting the chapter I just read, so here I go.
Alexander and Darius fight, Darius loses and is forced to flee. Alexander captures his mother, his wife, and other various assorted relatives. The Persian ladies begged for mercy and Alexander treats them kindly and asks them if, instead of sitting around all day, they would like to be taught to weave, like Greek ladies do. Sisygambis, Darius’s wife, asks if he wanted to make slaves of them. Persian ladies don’t like any type of work, considering it a disgrace (in other words, they are lazy).
(Now reading Chapter XCVIII, or 98)
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Before going after Darius, Alexander decides to conquer some other cities, such as Damascus and Sidon. When he came to Tyre, the Tyrians refused to give in and Alexander laid siege to the city. When he finally conquered them, he crucified some of the richest people in Tyre. Next up on his list for conquering a lot of places: Jerusalem.
When the Jews heard of this, they were afraid that he would totally decimate, conquer, utterly destroy and blow them up (not that last one, Trinitrotoluene (TNT) hadn’t been invented yet (Fun Fact: TNT was originally used as a dye in 1863))
Jaddua, a priest, prayed to God and had a vision saying for the Jews to make a procession, in all their fine clothes. When Alexander saw this, he bowed down to Jaddua, saying that he had a vision that a man named Jaddua would lead him through Jerusalem safely.
You should take this time to make yourself a sandwich while I read the next chapter. Although, this will be published with all the chapters at once, so you can read them all at once, so you don’t need to take all that time to make a sandwich (which reminds me, I’m hungry, but you didn’t need to know that, but I wanted to say it, so you now know that I was hungry at 12:25 PM Mountain Time, Feb. 25th, 2014)
Alexander continues on, and conquers Egypt, and near the Nile, he founded a new city, and humbly named it Alexandria, after himself. He decides to go see a temple dedicated to Jupiter, but the only way to it is to cross the treacherous, foreboding, ominous and dangerous desert. He decides to go. Many of their animals die, but for a noble cause (for Alexander to look at a temple). They make it in the end, and continue the chase after Darius and the Persians.
They have a battle, which ends in Darius bravely running away cowardly.
I think, since this is getting long, I’ll split this narration into 2 parts, so the next part will be Chapters 101-106.
Chapter C (or 100, for those of you who don’t know Roman Numerals)
Alexander goes to Babylon, and stays there for a month. He then continues the chase after Darius. While this was going on, the Persian Queen’s mother died. Alexander now becomes very vain, and forgets everything that Aristotle taught him. After pursuing Darius for a long time, a traitorous, murdering, evil follower of Darius kills him. Thinking that Alexander would show him kindness for killing his enemy, he goes to him and boasts of what he did. Alexander decides to kill him. The End
Now I am going to take a lunch break before continuing into the next post