The 4th Century B.C. War Horse

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Yesterday I featured war horses of the 21st Century. Now I will go back to a horse from the 4th Century BC. Bucephalus. Here is an excerpt from Kathleen Walker-Meikle’s book “The Horse Book-Horses of Historical Distinction”.

“Bucephalus was the beloved horse of the Macedonian general and conqueror, Alexander the Great ( 356-323 BC) As a young teenager, Alexander tamed the Thessalian horse, which no one had previously been able to do. He did this by noticing that the horse was afraid of its shadow, so turned the animal into the sunlight so it could not see it. The horse’s name means ‘ox head’–a reference to a branding mark on its haunch that resembled one. Bucephalus was black, and is described as having a star on his forehead. Alexander rode the horse in all his conquests. Bucephalus was once kidnapped, and in his rage, Alexander threatened to destroy the entire…

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  1. Mark Tulin says:

    I loved the movie, War Horse by Steven Spielberg!!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes! I also saw the stage play in London and it was amazing.

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  2. Michele Lee says:

    Interesting history. Thank you for your shares.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Michele. I think it is interesting to know how many horses were part of our history of battle and wars. There were many who were so brave and gallant.

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      1. Michele Lee says:

        Absolutely. 🙏🏻

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  3. I love learning about the importance of horses in history. They were such friends!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. Horses have been an important part of our history. They served in our wars and fought in many of our most famous battles.

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  4. Diana says:

    Where would we be without horses? ❤️🐴 Loving all the history! 😍

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Where would we be indeed!

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  5. I love reading abt history and your write up gere was quite interesting. Thank you for sharing Anne!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are most welcome Deepak!

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