“Great Leaders: the Real Alexander the Great”

by Nick Panagodimitropoulos

One of the most significant persons in the World History was, and still is, Alexander the Great.
The right name for the Country that we nowadays call “Greece” is “Hellas” and that is the name that I will use for the rest of this text about Alexander.

Alexander, son of Olympias and Phillip, king of Macedonia, North district of Hellas, was raised to be a king. Having as teacher Aristotelis, the famous philosopher, became not only a brave general, but a wise one as well.
A lot of countries claim to have Alexander as their National Hero. A little Republic of South Yugoslavia called Skopje claim to be the ancient Macedonia.

However, they can’t explain 2 of the most important reasons that can contradict their claims:
1. Aristotelis was known to be Nationalist, that means that believed that Hellas is superior to the countries around, since at those days Hellas was one of the most important places of the known World, for its economy, culture, arts etc.
The term “Hellas” didn’t exist at that time, for there were a lot of cities-states like Athens, Sparta, Thessalia, Macedonia and so on, that formed a bigger Federation called Hellas, and meant people with same routes, culture and common beliefs.
By Aristotelis being so, he could never accept to teach any man that wasn’t Hellin (Greek) for all the gold of the world.

2. At the moment Alexander was dying, he smiled and said:
“I thank gods I was born Hellin (Greek)”, according to the newspapers held by Ptolemaios, one of his officers.
Of course there are thousands of clues that contradict the claims that Macedonia was not Hellenic, but it is up to you to read the Historical books of that time and see for yourselves the way a simple man called Alexander the Greek, becomes Alexander the Great…
the man who brought the Hellenic Spirit and the Hellenic language to the whole, at his living time known, world.

Mieza, Macedonia (in Greece of course, there is only ONE Macedonia)
School of Aristotle, where Alexander was taught the Way to become Great…

We all live in a cave, assuming that the shadows of men and other living things that we see on the wall of the cave are the men and other living things themselves.
That virtual reality we assume that is the one and only Reality…
However, there are times when a Hero frees someone out to the Light, forcing the slave to face the Sun.
The sunlight hurts the slave’s eyes and frightens the now freed slave because the slave had never seen the Truth shining enlighten by the Light of the Sun before.

Then the freed, scared to death, runs inside the cave once more to feel safe, in a world that the slave feels like home, a place known as “Daily Routine”.
The slave’s prison…
However, the slave will never be the same person again.
Because even for just one moment…
the slave was Free.

Inspired by Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”
dedicated to all the Heroes who by just moving on their Path show us the Way to be Free…

Photo taken in Mieza, Macedonia (in Greece of course, there is only ONE Macedonia)
School of Aristotle, where Alexander was taught the Way to become Great…

©2004-2022 Nick Panagodimitropoulos
Business Consultant – Writer

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