After reading Mary Renault’s THE PERSIAN BOY and its sequel (can’t remember)
around age 20, I got hooked on Alexander and read up everything I could find
about him. I don’t remember many of the details, but I do remember coming
to the firm conclusion that Big Al was most likely asexual — Hephaestion,
Bagoas, and the wisecracking Cynics (“Alexander was defeated only once — by
Hephaestion’s thighs…”) notwithstanding. Be interested to hear Vic Davis
Hanson’s opinion, though.