Bust of Alexander the Great

Bust of Alexander the Great

The death of Alexander the Great (356-323 a.C.), It occurred when the great leader had only 33 years, and it still will long remain one of the great Mysteries of History.

The only certain fact is that there came a sudden it, lightning, just when the Macedonian was at the height of his physical and political power, while the causes, over the centuries, is endless hypotheses and conjectures have occurred, including that, among the most accredited, dell'poisoning.

Already, but if it was poisoning, what poison killed him and who were the murderous hand?

Even on these points opinions are disparate and, remote millennia from happening, reigns the thickest darkness.

Among the many advanced suppositions, one of the nicest and newest is that of toxicologist at the University of Stanford (California) Adrienne Mayor, according to which Alexander the Great would have died after drinking water from the river Styx, in Greece (now it called Mavroneri).

To this end the scholar would come after carefully reviewing the symptoms described in the sources of the mysterious evil that struck the leader, forced to make a painful agony lasted several days before dying.

The symptoms experienced, or deepening of the voice, abdominal pain and fever, perhaps they depended on calicheamicina, a toxin produced by a bacterium typical of the Greek calcareous rocks.

Large amounts of calicheamicin were contained in the waters of the Styx, the danger of which was known to local residents.

maybe, during a night banquet in Babylon, someone offered this water deadly to Alexander with the intent to poison him (Photo gives: biografieonline.it).