Alexander was born into a pagan, pre-Christian world. His behavior was conditioned along certain lines--heroism, courage, strength, superstition, bisexuality, intoxication, cruelty. He bestrode Europe and Asia like a supernatural figure, and that is why his fame has not only endured but also become magnified and embellished by fantasy.

source: Norman Cantor, Alexander The Great: Journey To The End of the Earth, 168 tags: Antiquity