National Geographic : 1968 Jan
Greek historian Arrian, where victors and vanquished might live together in fellowship and harmony. Just 23 centuries after Alexander rode east, Helen and I took up his trail at Delphi in a bright blue Land-Rover named Bucephalus after his favorite horse. We headed for Pella, where Alexander spent much of his youth. Nea (New) Pella crowns the slope where the ancient city stood. In fields of wheat, cotton, and tobacco, excavations have revealed col umned palaces, stone floors, and brilliant mosaics (pages 8-9). Created with the wealth Alexander won, they reflect the life he lived. In one, Alexander in cape and field cap fights a lion. In others, a charioteer quells wild-eyed horses, and hunters attack a stag. Mr. Photios Haunting silence invests with mystery the ruins of ancient Delphi, where a priestess once spoke as Oracle to the whole Greek world. Wanting to know the fate of his planned invasion of Persia, Alexander came to the Greek city, but on a forbidden day. When the seeress refused to speak, he dragged her into the Temple of Apollo, right. Overwhelmed by his determination, she proclaimed, "My son, thou art invincible." Alexander took the hasty statement as a prediction, and launched his long trek into history. Woman of Delphi wends her way home at sundown across the rocky soil she tills.