FC: Alexander The Great's Scrapbook Daniel Chow 1st 2/6/12
1: A magnificent mosaic of myself capturing my wonderful self. Isn’t it fitting that the ruler of an empire as large as mine would have a mosaic modeled after him? I believe so myself at the very least. Another treat of being as successful in almost every way as I have.
2: My companion since I was a boy, Hephaestion had recently died. Immediately I had a statue made depicting my mourning for him. We had gone through many battles together, and losing him is even worse than losing my father. Our siege on this crazy place known as India is almost over, if not finished depending on my mood. It has been truly a different place than what I have been used to. | The great knowledge bearer of Athens was Socrates painted above. While his ideas were controversial, he was not an idiot. He had taught the enigma Homer who wrote the story of the Illiad, one that I keep a copy of ever since my tutor Aristotle gave it to me. Aristotle had been taught by Plato, student of Socrates. Indirectly, my knowledge comes from Socrates, and that I must give thanks to him for.
3: Drawn by my best cartographer, a map of my brilliant empire. It will last long and prosper, and will be forever remembered for being the largest and greatest empire of humanity. My entire life I have spent conquering and learning. All the diverse cultures of the east have affected me. I spread my empire not to gain more power, but to share our Grecian culture and blend them in with others. Some of our people shun away these cultures in ignorance, but I try to let them understand that these cultures will not go away and they are there.
4: A little painting that I had found during the siege of India. It is rather strange looking, and I would hate to think that all of their women have four arms. Perhaps it is a metaphor of a ruler being able to juggle many things at once or even a religious figure. Regardless, I will ask the remaining survivors of the subcontinent and learn. | My father had had his life cut short as king of Greece by his own guard. As only a young boy I had already then had to take his place. Ever since it makes me fear the chance of rebellion and makes me paranoid. I am afraid that there are men that I have killed that had no intention of conspiracy, but chances cannot be taken. I refuse to let my successes be ruined by trust.
5: I am in debt to my father for allowing me to go under the tutelage of Aristotle at the Temple of Nymphs. Above it appears to be rather ruined, but it has fallen to the might of age. Along with many others I had gained valuable knowledge from him here. Nostalgia builds up inside of me just looking at it. | Aristotle was a very intelligent man and a bit of a pain in the rear, but also my friend and my tutor. I would not be nearly as bright or as curious without him, and our long debates had led to me becoming even smarter than he was. I became so intelligent that I surpassed my master in fields from science to philosophy, and even after that, we still remained friends.
6: Along with my father, I have to thank my beautiful mother. She is the reason for my existence as well as the reason why I am ruler. My success is due to her, and my gratitude and my empire thanks her. My high ambitions are inherited from her. While she had shot for the moon, I shot straight for the stars.
7: Another little gem found in India was this weird contraption. It does not look Indian based on what I have seen, but Chinese, a people north of the Himalayas. I am still figuring out what it does, and also attempting to figure out if the scribbles on it are a language or a picture. All this seems so mysterious, and I also plan on invading China next. Recently though, I have been having this strange sickness. Hopefully it does not turn into anything bad.