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Alexander and Bucephalus Conquer the World

Having ridden the seemingly unbreakable Bucephalus, Alexander was inspired to conquer the world. In his attempt to do so, Bucephalus carried him from Greece to Egypt and India. When Bucephalus finally died, Alexander honored the horse by naming a city in central Asia after him.

Indomitable Man, Indomitable Horse

Few legends reveal such a close relationship between man and horse as that of Alexander the Great and his horse, Bucephalus. Son of King Philip of Macedonia, Alexander was tutored by Aristotle in academic matters and studied horsemanship with his father. When he was 12 years old, Alexander found in his father’s herds a young horse which he admired for its great beauty. The boy named the horse Bucephalus because his head was broad, like that of a bull. The horse would not allow anyone to ride him except young Alexander. The two grew up together and developed a deep bond of love and respect between them.