Alexander the Great and Hephaistion“Alexander was lying flat on his back, staring upward. Suddenly he grasped Hephaistion in an embrace so fierce that it knocked the breath out of him, and said “Without you I should go mad.”
Hephaistion: No, like a dear listening in the wind you strike me still, Alexander. You have eyes like no other. I sound as stupid as a school boy, but you’re everything I care for. And by the sweet breath of Aphrodite I’m so jealous of losing you to this world you want so badly.
Alexander: You’ll never lose me, Hephaistion. I’ll be with you always. ‘Til the end.
Charles le Brun - The Queen of Persia before Alexander the Great
Hephaestion: You once said, “The fear of death drives all men. “ Are there no other forces? Is there not love in your life…Alexander?
It’s ‘siege of Troy’, not ‘seat of Troy’. Anyway.
Plutarch called Alexander’s grief at Hephaistion’s death ‘uncontrollable’. He lay on Hephaistion’s body for an entire day and refused to leave, until he was dragged away by force. He cut his hair short in mourning, and in a last echo of Achilles and Patroclus, laid the lock of his hair in Hephaistion’s hands, moving the whole company to tears. On the day of the funeral, he gave orders for the sacred of flame in the temple to be extinguished, usually an honour reserved only for the death of the King himself.
Macedonian, ‘You are the first and the last’,
and his voice might have been charged
with ecstasy or intolerable grief."
— ‘Fire From Heaven’ by Mary Renault (via thefallentree)
As I’m obviously going through something like a “Hephaestion-phase” tonight, I’d like to ask a Alexander-Hephaestion-related queation to those of you who know that scene when Alexander and Hephaestion are going for a walk acros the camp on the eve of the Battle of Gaugamela.
Who else wants to…
It’s just about the love these two men share. The pure love, untainted by desire. The love between men that can build city states…
Pffhhh, just kidding. This scene is madness!