Alexandreis

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Alexandreis (or Alexandreid) is a medieval Latin epic poem by Walter of Châtillon, a 12th-century French writer and theologian. A version of the Alexander romance, it gives an account of the life of Alexander the Great, based on Quintus Curtius Rufus' Historia Alexandri Magni. The poem was popular and influential in Walter's own times, even being translated into Icelandic prose as the Alexanderssaga; Matthew of Vendôme and Alan of Lille borrowed from it and Henry of Settimello imitated it, but it is now seldom read. One line is sometimes quoted:

Incidit in Scyllam qui vult vitare Charybdim (Wanting to avoid Charybdis, he runs into Scylla.)

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  1. Aristotle warned by Alexander his pupil; destruction of Thebes; description of Asia; Alexander journeys to Ilium; account of the dream of Alexander
  2. Alexander solves the Gordian knot; illness of Alexander; the Persian army; the shield of king Darius
  3. Battle of the Issus; Tyre and Egypt are taken; Alexander's journey to the oracle of Ammon; death of the queen of Persia in captivity; message from the sarcophagus of the queen
  4. Alexander's dream of the goddess Victoria
  5. Battle of Arbela; Alexander is victorious and enters Babylon
  6. Susa and Persepolis are taken; the doubts of Darius
  7. Darius flees and is slain at Bessus; message from the tomb of Darius
  8. War against the Hyrcani and Scythians; meeting of Thalestris queen of the Amazons with Alexander
  9. Journey of the army to India; king Porus subdued by Alexander; description of India; weariness of the soldiers
  10. Journey to the underworld; the oath; granting of the world; death of Alexander

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