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Did Mosquito Bite Defeat Alexander?
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| Heather Dewar
Posted on 12/13/2003 5:54:51 PM PST by blam
Did mosquito bite defeat Alexander?
Virus: An epidemiologist believes dying ravens are a sign that West Nile killed the Greek emperor.
By Heather Dewar
Originally published December 13, 2003
When Alexander the Great stood at the gates of Babylon in 323 B.C., the story goes, a flight of ravens fell dead at his feet.
It was a bad omen, according to the soothsayers. Within two weeks the conqueror of an empire that stretched from Greece to India was dead, at age 32, of a mysterious illness.
Doctors and historians have speculated for centuries about the cause of this battle-hardened warrior's death. In 1998 two University of Maryland Medical Center physicians said he probably died of typhoid, which can cause the chills, fever, abdominal pain and delirium that Alexander suffered.
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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alexander; bite; defeat; mosquito
posted on 12/13/2003 5:54:51 PM PST
posted on 12/13/2003 5:57:18 PM PST
Myth and legend so often based on fact!
posted on 12/13/2003 5:58:49 PM PST
Mosquitoes can kill
Even a great Emperor.
Thank God for Yard Guard.
posted on 12/13/2003 6:01:05 PM PST
(I'm only replying in haikus today.)
I seem to remember reading that he was wounded in the thigh by a spear and the wound infected resulting in his death.
posted on 12/13/2003 6:01:28 PM PST
by AEMILIUS PAULUS
(Further, the statement assumed)
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posted on 12/13/2003 6:01:49 PM PST
Warning! Some swelling MAY occur. Pack infested area in ice.
posted on 12/13/2003 6:03:39 PM PST
Mosquitos just suck, I mean it they really suck.
posted on 12/13/2003 6:12:46 PM PST
("I hate rude behavior in a man, I won't tolerate it" Captain Woodrow F. Call)
Dang it Blam I missed the perfect opportunity to float my new Tagline.
posted on 12/13/2003 6:15:40 PM PST
(What we need is Anti-Viagra for the Government, now thats some spam I will read!)
What about any of the other equine encphalitis diseases which also kill birds? [Eastern equine encephalitis, western equine enchaphalitis, St. Louis equine encephalitis, Venezuelean equine encephalitis, for example.] What about other diseases which can affect birds and man?
Looks to me like this guy had a little too much spare time on his hands.
But today, across the Potomac, the Virginia Health Department's chief epidemiologist says those dying ravens weren't omens, but clues. Alexander may have been history's most famous victim of West Nile virus, John Marr claims.
So Silent Spring missed it.
posted on 12/13/2003 6:24:35 PM PST
(Who is John Galt?)
didn't he take it up the butt? perhaps he died of an ancient form of AIDS.
....a flight of ravens fell dead at his feet...,[which] was a bad omen, according to the soothsayers
I'd say a bunch of big black birds falling out of the sky next to you would be a bad deal in any context!
posted on 12/13/2003 6:52:46 PM PST
"I'd say a bunch of big black birds falling out of the sky next to you would be a bad deal in any context!"
Probably beats having them falling into you, depending upon the size of the birds.
posted on 12/13/2003 7:10:52 PM PST
posted on 12/13/2003 7:21:02 PM PST
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