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Roxana: Wife of Alexander the Great
Alexander The Great
"Imagine being the wife of the world's greatest conqueror. Roxana of Bactria lived this unusual reality, as consort to Alexander the Great."
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How do ancient writers depict the marriage of Alexander the Great and Roxana of Bactria?
The rape of a captive by her captor
A union between two enemies
A political necessity
A great love story
The Greek writer Arrian of Nicomedia gives a brief description of Roxana. What does he state?
She considered herself "above" all others - even Alexander
She was an unscrupulous seductress
She was the most beautiful woman in Asia
She was pretty but dim-witted
Who was Roxana's father?
He is unknown
Alexander took Roxana along on a military expedition.
Three years after marrying Roxana, Alexander took as a concubine another high-ranking woman named Stateira II (also called Barsine). Why was she of interest to Alexander?
She came to his camp, begging to become his ward
She was queen of the defeated Persians
She was the daughter of his enemy
She was Roxana's sister
What did Alexander think of the son Roxana bore him, Alexander IV Aegus?
He thought of him as the world's next great conqueror
Nothing - Alexander died before his son was born
He was disappointed by his son's small size, and considered killing him
He considered him "perfect"
Approximately how long were Alexander and Roxana married?
When Alexander died in 323 BC, what did Roxana do to his other wife Stateira II?
She befriended her
She kissed her cheek and called her "sister"
She imprisoned her
She had her murdered
Olympias, Alexander's mother, remained active in the political scramble after her son's death. Did she support Roxana and wish to place her infant grandson on the throne?
How did Roxana die?
She committed suicide
She died of old age
She was murdered along with her young son
She died of starvation in captivity
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Compiled Jun 28 12