Religion and Alexander the Great


  • Edward M. Anson University of Arkansas at Little Rock


Alexander the Great was religiously both a man of his time and the catalyst for change in the pattern of Greek religious life.  He accepted the ubiquity of divine presence in the world and participated actively in the practice of Greek paganism, but he was also imbued with his own importance which evolved over time into a belief in his own divinity. This belief and the desire for such recognition led to the worship of Hellenistic kings as mortal gods.


Alexander the Great, Macedonia, Ancient Religion, Omens, Gods, divinization


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