Alexander the Great in Iraq

Alexander the Great, in the Iraqi part of the world, on the same terrain, defeated the warlords, brigands who swooped down from their mountain refuges to prey on the merchant trains along the roadways. He imposed the ideals of the Greek polis, leaving behind older veterans to police their development. But the tribes eventually reverted to their communal (tribal) order, as some became respected warriors in Alexander’s army. Alexander ultimately failed with the warlords and tribes. So it may be happening today.

As a sidelight, it is the marshes and wetlands of Iraq (Babylonia, Mesopotamia), filled each Spring by the Tigris and Euphrates, that bred the mosquito that finally took the life of Alexander the Great at 32 years, 10 months old. A vindictive Saddam Hussein dried up those wetlands that since have been restored. Our soldiers of the same age are being decimated by things that bite in the night, the sand flies and the stealth bullet’s flight.
BTW, the people native to that part of the land at that time when Alexander was there, tried to say Alexander’s name, and it came out something like “sikander”, as I read about it. I think the suggestion I read somewhere was that a certain city in that region has, to this day, a vestige of Alexander’s name in the name of the city, Kandahar.

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