A 4th Century BC War hero.

This week I am focusing on horses who were heroes of war. This one comes from far in the past, 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 region; the horse was returned promptly. Bucephalus died at the grand age of thirty, either from old age or from battle-wounds, in 326 BC. Alexander buried him in a tomb and named a city in Punjab (Bucephala)  in  his honor”

Statue of Alexander the Great riding Bucephalus and carrying a winged statue of Nike, a goddess who personified victory in Greek Mythology.


4 responses to “A 4th Century BC War hero.”

  1. Amy Avatar

    What a story of this magnificent horse! Thank you for the post!

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      You are most welcome Amy. Glad you found it interesting.

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  2. Vicky Earle Avatar

    Horses are such magnificent animals – and there’s nothing like having one of them as a partner – whatever the discipline, including hacking. This story is striking evidence of the power of the relationship between person and horse! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      Thank you Vicki you are right.


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