The Postmodern Alexander The Great
Usually these reinterpretations must be made to order so as to better serve Master Zion appetite for world hegemony. Thus his recent and more traditional enemies must all be portrayed in ways so as to confuse the empty headed hamburger eating ,t.v. drones that constitute white America, an ugly mass of empty heads and docile work hands.
More recent and immediate ethnic enemies of the Judeocentric ruling caste have long become targets of the postmodernist art world and mass media, films abound degrading Islamic culture and more than a few depict Muslims as women-hating homosexuals.
Traditional enemies, such as the Hellenes, and their legacy, must also be subject to reinterpretations.
Western "scholars" have long had a tendency to pick and chose convenient eras of our Hellenic history and mold our history into their rootless situations as cultural non-entities.
As pothos.org notes: " some western scholars have presented Alexander as a visionary who believed in the peaceful co-existence of different nations and races within his empire. They refer - for example - to mass-weddings ordered by Alexander to reconciliate Greeks and Persians. In the Middle Ages his figure had evolved into a legendary hero, the quintessential example of chivalry and worldly power. In our present time, as he had a lifelong relationship with his comrade Hephaistion, he has been portrayed as a "gay hero"...."
America's corporate culture has long been promoting the acceptability of homosexuality, mostly because it promotes a consumer culture and thus builds up Big Capital. Social relationships between a father and his children and between a man and his wife are replaced by homosexual relationships based on deviant sex, meaning if you want something you just take it, making the new "homosexual movement" with its Judeocentric transnational Big Capital backing an eventual mass culture off itself , with its own bastard postmodern reinterpretations of history or of Alexander The Great.
That same site however also makes a point that:"... In modern Iran he is still known as an evil king - a personification of the devil if you like - who did his very best to destroy the respectable old Persian culture and religion."
This is true. I recall watching Iranian Television several years ago, and they played what looked like a government sponsored educational program that featured Alexander The Great and he was portrayed as a rampaging rapist and drunkard , that invaded Iran with his troops "drunk with wine".
I prefer the Iranian interpretation. As far as the foreign obsession with the Classics, I can at least respect an Iranian interpretation, since that society once truly encountered Alexander and is a friend of Hellenes ,unlike America.
Besides that I was personally never so awestruck over Alexander,and pre-Christian times in general, although Alexander is rumored to have introduced the eggplant to Greece.
In any case here is the well circulated news article that sparked this entry.
New 'Alexander' Movie Under Fire for Sexual Portrait
Fri Nov 19, 6:06 PM ET
By Arthur Spiegelman
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oliver Stone's new film about Alexander the Great depicts the king as bisexual, fueling outrage from Greeks and prompting Hollywood to ask if a world conqueror with dyed blond hair and waxed legs will be able to attract box office hordes.
Do these queers look Greek?
One newspaper calls it a case of "Queer Eye for the Macedonian Guy." Others have speculated that Stone, always a controversial filmmaker, is taking a big risk with a $160 million epic by including scenes of passionate embrace between Alexander and his best friend Hephaestion.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) says the film breaks new ground for a big budget epic because it shows Hephaestion "as the true love of Alexander's life."
A line from the film says: "Alexander was defeated only once -- by Hephaestion's thighs."
Last summer's blockbuster film "Troy," which could have portrayed Achilles and Patroclus as lovers, brushed aside any homoerotic elements to concentrate on Achilles desire for a Trojan princess.
Everyone associated with "Alexander," from Stone to star Colin Farrell, insist the film, which opens on Wednesday, is historically accurate and reflects the pagan mores of around 330 BC when the Macedonian king captured the world's mightiest empire, Persia, and pressed on to the ends of the Earth.
Farrell, in a recent interview with Reuters, said he had no problem with the role because "Oliver made the film as historically accurate as possible and ambivalent sexuality was something of the times and part of the character."
Stone said he kept the movie accurate and had an historian on the set. He added there was no question that Alexander had "a polymorphous sensuality and was an explorer in the deepest sense of the world."
British scholar Robin Lane (news) Fox, author of a biography of Alexander and historical advisor to the film, said homosexuality and bisexuality were not "issues in ancient times" and that Alexander had extensive relations with women.
But a group of angry Greek lawyers say Stone and the film's distributor Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc. , should be sued for twisting history. The lawyers said they have asked Stone and Warner Bros. to include a reference in the title credits saying the film is fictional. Spokesmen for Warner Bros. and Stone did not have any immediate comment.
"We are not saying that we are against gays, but we are saying that the production company should make it clear to the audience that this film is pure fiction and not a true depiction of the life of Alexander," Yannis Varnakos, who is spearheading the legal campaign, told Reuters in Athens.
Two years ago, hundreds of Greeks from Alexander's home turf Macedonia, stormed an archeological symposium after one speaker presented a paper on the homosexuality of Alexander.
Stone's film, which he had been trying to get on the screen for 15 years, was filmed mainly in Morocco and Thailand. The Athens News Agency said no scenes were shot in Greece because of government opposition to Stone's portrayal of the Greek hero.
Asked if he toned down scenes, Stone maintained he shot the film the way he wanted. The only overtly sexual scene in the movie is a wedding night love scene between Alexander and his wife Roxanne that starts with her putting a knife to his throat after she catches him accepting a ring from Hephaestion, who is played by Jared Leto wearing eyeliner.