A 21yo Alexander the Great was once surrounded by Greek tribes on hill positions, low on food. He ordered his men to conduct formation drills, in complete silence. With the enemy units engrossed in the weird spectacle, his forces roared and charged, taking the hills, the tribes fleeing in terror.
Alexander the Great held a drinking contest among his soldiers. When it was over, 42 people had died from alcohol poisoning.
A cynic named Diogenes had no regard for wealth or honor. He was once sitting outside when Alexander the Great approached and asked if he wanted anything; he replied, “yes, stand a little out of my sun.” The awestruck king said “truly if I were not Alexander, I would wish to be Diogenes.”
When Alexander the Great was a child, his tutor rebuked him for wasting so much incense during a sacrifice to the gods. Years later, Alexander conquered Gaza and sent back 18 tons of the spices to his old tutor with a note telling him not to be stingy with the gods.
Alexander the Great expressed in his last will and testament the desire to see “transplant of populations from Asia to Europe and in the opposite direction from Europe to Asia, in order to bring the largest continent to common unity and to friendship by means of intermarriage and family ties.”