I HAVE BOTH HELD AND BEHELD
and of it I know but one thing:
It drives men mad.
— Alexander the Great, world conqueror
UNLIMITED POWER STILL EXISTS. IT'S ALL AROUND US.
Companies who fire people en masse. Bosses who make life miserable. Financial institutions who change policies and fees suddenly. Employers who don't acknowledge job applications. Businesses with fine print that makes you feel screwed. Contractors who don't keep their word. Automated systems that keep you from reaching a human being.
2400 years after Alexander... many of us experience what feels like unlimited power in the hands of others. And it drives us mad.
How are you doing with the unlimited power you wield in your world?
ALEXANDER III OF MACEDON (356 -323 BC), COMMONLY KNOWN AS ALEXANDER THE GREAT, was a King of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon and is often ranked among the most influential people in human history, along with his teacher Aristotle.
Alexander succeeded his father, Philip II, to the throne at the age of twenty. He embarked on an unprecedented military campaign through Asia and northeast Africa, and by the age of thirty he had created one of the largest empires of the ancient world, stretching from Greece to Egypt into northwest India and modern-day Pakistan. He was undefeated in battle and is widely considered one of history's most successful military commanders.
Seeking to reach the ends of the world, he invaded India in 326 BC, but was eventually forced to turn back at the demand of his troops. Alexander died in Babylon (now Baghdad) in 323 BC. In the years following his death, a series of civil wars tore his empire apart.
Alexander's legacy includes enormous cultural diffusion and some twenty cities that bore his name, most notably Alexandria in Egypt. He became the measure against which military leaders compared themselves. Military academies throughout the world still teach his tactics.