January 02, 2005

The World of Alexander Was Rich and Beautiful Even Before the Movies

Glaring misinformation in an otherwise informative NY Times article about Alexander the Great.
"Philip II hired Aristotle to tutor Alexander at age 14 in Greek, Hebrew, Babylonian and Latin, rhetoric and justice."

Of course, Aristotle did not tutor Alexander in foreign languages, nor were foreign languages ever part of a Greek education, let alone Latin and Hebrew which were almost completely unknown, together with the respective peoples, the Romans and the Hebrews, for centuries after Alexander's time.

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