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Netflix Series Depicts Alexander the Great as Gay

A six-part Netflix “documentary” series titled ‘Alexander: The Making of a God’ explores the remarkable life of Alexander the Great via his dramatic metamorphosis from warrior prince to living god. The show follows his rise from his youth to his obsession with overthrowing the powerful Persian Emperor Darius, which propelled him to conquer the known world in less than six years.

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Alexander the Great went on to conquer Anatolia, Syria, Phoenicia, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Afghanistan, and India. He became the King of Persia and also married a Persian woman. 

The controversial Netflix tale of Alexander the Great is conveyed through breathtaking theatre, cutting-edge archaeology, and continuing excavations at the Calliope Limneos-Papakosta-led archeological site in Alexandria, Egypt. However, it has created controversy for depicting Alexander the Great as a homosexual.

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The Greek Minister of Culture has criticized the Netflix drama series about Alexander the Great as being “extremely poor-quality fiction” and “low content, rife with historical inaccuracies.” 

Lina Mendoni commented on ‘Alexander: The Making of a God’ and the fictitious gay relationship portrayed between Alexander the Great and his friend and confidant Hephaestion. In one scene early on, Alexander kisses Hephaestion on the lips. This scene has sparked much controversy in Greece. In an opinion piece published in Eleftheros Typos, Oliver Stone’s 2004 film Alexander was accused of initiating “a propaganda campaign about Alexander’s homosexuality” and labelled the program “a distortion of the truth” in Greece.

Historically, Aristotle’s writings never mention anything about a love affair between the two. Aristotle mentions a “friendship” between Alexander the Great and Hephaestion. Historians have debated about Alexander’s sexual orientation, although many believe that the great conqueror wasn’t exclusively heterosexual. Ancient Greece over 2300 years ago did not label people as gay or straight, as we do today.

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