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Monday, May 28, 2007

bucephalus

Alexander the Great had a horse which carried him from battle to battle, conquest to conquest, a partner in the art of war. Yet the legend is that Alexander won the heart of this horse through tenderness and friendship. His name was Bucephalus, a stallion of dark color and high temper, and he has become a figure as mythic as his owner. Pothos.org's page on him will illustrate thusly.

But Alexander had another side kick: his dog Peritas. He's mentioned offhandedly in Plutarch, so:

Alexander's beloved dog, was named Peritas after the Macedonian name for
the month of January. Alexander raised him from a puppy and when he died named a city after him (Plut., Vit. Alex. 61.3).

Michael Feldman over at Britannica.blog asserts that Peritas was a greyhound and met his doom by the crushing feet of King Darius's war elephants at the battle of Gaugamela.

Hi, Candace.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Peritas was supposedly a large Mastiff bitch. She was not trampled to death by one of Darius' elephants, but bit that elephant firmly on the lip, making it retreat and thus saving Alexander's life. I believe this is fairly well documented, as Alexander went around erecting monuments to his beloved dog, praising her bravery and citing her actions and devotion in battle.

Steve said...

Legend has it that Bucephalus and Alexander were born simultaneously. Other stories tell of the horse being born in 355 B.C., a year after Alexander.