Chapter Three 049-050
Posted October 13, 2021 at 12:05 am


Representations of Bucephalus varied across time and culture (just like his owner). Here I am referring to the Plutarchan and Alexander Romance versions of him. Plutarch's is the sober account and what this chapter is mostly based off, and the Alexander Romance is spicier, turning Bucephalus into a man-eating demon horse.

The medieval European visuals in the middle of an ancient Greek scene are a bit surprising, but it makes sense later!

Illuminations referenced on the left page, taken from the Armenian, French and English Alexander Romances:

The "Nothing good comes without some evil" line comes from the Alexander Romance (the original line translated into English is something like "And here in this horse is proof of the proverb, that evil grows together with the good").

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