The Wanderings of Alexander
and Marie-Anne, Montreal (November, 2004)
with Susie Major
Arrows represent the path of Alexander the Great through the middle east, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, etc. Ancient and modern place-names are juxtaposed (on two maps in Halifax, layered on the glass and the background in Berlin).
As for you, you proudly claim that you come in pursuit of bandits, but to all the people you have visited you are the bandit. You took Lydia; you over-ran Syria; you are in control of Persia; you have the Bactrians in your power; you have set your course for India. Now you are stretching out your greedy, insatiable hands toward our flocks. Why do you need riches? They merely stimulate your craving for more. You are the first man ever to have created hunger by having too much - so that the more you have the keener your desire for what you do not have. Do you not realize how long you have been delayed around Bactria? While you have been subjugating the Bactrians, the Sogdians have commenced hostilities. In your case victory spawns further war. No matter how far you surpass others in power and strength, the fact remains that nobody wants a foreign master. -- The History of Alexander by Quintus Curtius Rufus (10 BCE - 53 CE)
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