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23 Jul 2018 6:03 p.m. PST
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian29 Dec 2017 10:29 p.m. PST

What was the worst error made by Alexander the Great?

JimSelzer Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2017 11:18 p.m. PST

going too far east

kodiakblair29 Dec 2017 11:22 p.m. PST

To have "just 1 more drink".

Zopenco 230 Dec 2017 1:25 a.m. PST

Not producing a heir before crossing the Hellespont

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Dec 2017 1:34 a.m. PST

This again! I cannot believe that gamers believe they can out think Alexander with their now knowledge. To create lots of posts just return to "where should Historicon be?" or "all about me?"

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2017 1:54 a.m. PST

He who has made no mistakes in war has never made war (Turenne)

iceaxe Inactive Member30 Dec 2017 2:36 a.m. PST

Doing that movie.

skinkmasterreturns30 Dec 2017 3:19 a.m. PST

Well,at least letting Oliver Stone do it.

cosmicbank30 Dec 2017 3:26 a.m. PST

not inventing the internet

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2017 4:25 a.m. PST

Gods don't make mistakes.

14Bore30 Dec 2017 4:56 a.m. PST

Probably has to do with a woman

The Tin Dictator30 Dec 2017 5:29 a.m. PST

Yeah, But I still blame the French.

CFeicht Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2017 6:13 a.m. PST

getting involved with alcohol

Coelacanth Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2017 6:37 a.m. PST
HANS GRUBER30 Dec 2017 7:21 a.m. PST

Not sure. Dying young might have been a good thing for his legacy.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2017 7:56 a.m. PST

Going boating in that Mesopotamian swamp where the mosquito bit him imparting malaria.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2017 8:20 a.m. PST

Not naming enough cities after himself!

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2017 8:44 a.m. PST

Killing all his generals who knew him when he was just a snot nosed punk and weren't afraid to remind him of it didn't seem to hurt. That much.
Going way further than the army really wanted to go didn't hurt all that much. It kept him from conquering Siam, but that's about it.
Forcing his army to marry hot Persian babes was probably a positive.

None of those mistakes resulted in his army revolting and killing him.
It was alcohol, accumulating many wounds you never really shake off and some fever. Hard living probably accelerated a mild fever, but I'm no doctor. It just seems that every disease specialist in the world wants Alex to have died from what he is studying.

He died young and full of glory. Just like his hero ancestor (?) Achilles. I doubt Alex would have considered his life a failure.
"Mistakes. I've made a few
But then again, too few to mention….
I did it my way!"

I've gone from having him as my wargaming hero to considering him a murdering thug back to wishing I had never sold off my Macedonian armies.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2017 8:55 a.m. PST

Cleitus The Black made a bigger Mistake.
He came rushing back into the tent in a drunken rage to tell Alex what he didn't have time to say before mutual friends rushed him out.
I can identify with that. My one and only bar fight eerily followed that script. grin

dwight shrute30 Dec 2017 9:03 a.m. PST

William Shatner …

LORDGHEE30 Dec 2017 10:01 a.m. PST

he was a great Alexander!

Ivan DBA30 Dec 2017 1:14 p.m. PST

Winston Smith for the win.

He was the son of Zeus and greater than Achilles.

Benvartok30 Dec 2017 8:40 p.m. PST

Not having matching cuffs and collars… the movie that is!

Cacique Caribe31 Dec 2017 4:38 a.m. PST

Yep. Not producing a half dozen heirs early on was his worst mistake.


Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2017 8:32 a.m. PST

He did have heirs. The Successors killed them all.

But then, since when do Gods need heirs?

Cacique Caribe31 Dec 2017 2:58 p.m. PST

Yes, but wasn't Alex IV still just a little kid by the time his father died? Plus he should have been a full Macedonian, to increase his chances.


Earl of the North31 Dec 2017 3:11 p.m. PST

As a King it probably was his lack of care of his lineage, at the very least he should have banged out (so to speak) a few Macedonian heirs before he went off on his world tour.

So while Alexander was a greater commander, Philip could certainly claim to be the better King.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2017 11:03 p.m. PST

I just want the land that borders mine.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 11:52 a.m. PST

This whole thread is based on the assumption that Alex made ANY mistakes.
By his own way of thinking, he didn't.
He died blazing with Glory.
Did it matter he didn't provide for the succession? Does the son of Zeus worry over such trivialities? I think not.
Quick. Without looking it up. Who is the son of Achilles? What Empire did he inherit? He was just another dude with a name non scholars stumble over. But we remember Achilles.

Old Wolfman03 Jan 2018 7:28 a.m. PST

Getting up one morning. ;^)

Mars Ultor05 Jan 2018 7:54 a.m. PST

@Winston: Neoptolomus/Pyrrhos, another mythical figure, who killed King Priam (at least in Vergil's Aeneid). And he inherited Epirus; it was through him that Olympias claimed descent.

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