Alexander the Great

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photoDirector Oliver Stone's new movie "Alexander," starring Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie, brings the life of Alexander the Great to the big screen.

Alexander the Great was just 32 years old when he died 2,300 years ago in Babylon - modern day Iraq. Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Egypt, Pakistan and more were all his. They had different names back then, but history's greatest warrior built an empire in a part of the world that is very present in the minds of Americans right now.

Hear experts talk about the true story behind the legend of the ancient warrior-hero who conquered the lands U.S. troops now roam.


Paul Cartledge, Professor of Greek History and Chairman of the Faculty of Classics at Cambridge University

Peter Green, Visiting Professor of Classics and Ancient History at East Carolina University

John Prevas, author of "Envy of the Gods: Alexander the Great's Ill-Fated Journey Across Asia"

Jack Beatty, On Point News Analyst and Senior Editor for The Atlantic Monthly.

This program aired on November 24, 2004.


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