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Alexander's Women

After some discussion on the Pothos Forum, it was felt it might be useful to include here all the references to Alexander's sexual life - whether with women or men. Because of copyright questions, it is not currently possible to include full quotations from the sources, merely the references themselves.

No attempt is made here to discuss the various characters, whether their very existence or the nature of their relationship with Alexander. See the "Lovers" article above for more information, the short biographies in the "Main Characters" and "Minor Characters" sections; or why not join the Forum and ask your own questions about the people who inhabited Alexander's life?

What follows is as complete a list of the references that we have compiled so far. If and when we uncover any more we will add them.

References compiled by Amyntoros (mainly) and Marcus (a bit).


Arrian, 7.4.4-6; Curtius, 10.6.10-14; Justin, 11.10; Plutarch, Alexander 21.4; Plutarch, Eumenes 1


Athenaeus, The Deipnosophists 10.434f-435a


Aelian, Varia Historia 12.34; Lucian, Essays in Portraiture 7–8; Pliny, Natural History Excerpt from 35.84-97


Curtius, 8.10.33-36; Justin, 12.7; Metz Epitome, 45


Athenaeus, The Deipnosophists 13.607f–608a; Curtius, 6.6.7-9; Diodorus, 17.77.4-7; Justin, 12.3



Itinerarium Alexandri, 44.(ci); Arrian, 4.19.4-6; Arrian, 4.20.4; Curtius, 8.4.21-30; Diodorus, 17 (Table of contents); Lucian, Essays in Portraiture 7–8; Lucian, Herodotus or Aetion 4–6; Metz Epitome, 28-31; Plutarch, Alexander 47.4; Plutarch, Moralia 338D; Strabo, Geography 11.11.4

Death of Roxane’s first child

Metz Epitome 70

Roxane at the time of Alexander’s death

Arrian, 7.27.3; Curtius, 10.6.8-14; Justin, 12.15; Plutarch, Alexander 77.4; Strabo, Geography Excerpt 32.1.8

Stateira, wife of Darius, and her daughter, Princess Stateira

The capture of Darius’ mother, wife, and her two daughters

Itinerarium Alexandri, 14.(xxxv)-15.(xxxvi); Itinerarium Alexandri, 23.(lvii); Arrian, 2.11.9-10; Arrian, 2.12.3-8; Arrian, 4.19.6; Arrian, 4.20.1-3; Athenaeus, The Deipnosophists 13.603b-d; Aulus Gellius, Attic Nights 7.8.1-4; Curtius, 3.11.24-26; Curtius, 3.12.1-17; Curtius, 3.12.21-26; Diodorus, 17.37.3-38.7; Justin, 11.9; Plutarch, Alexander 21.1-3; Plutarch, Alexander 21.4-5; Plutarch, Alexander 22.3; Plutarch, Moralia 338 D-F; Plutarch, Moralia 522 A; Valerius Maximus, Memorable Doings and Sayings 4.7 ext.2a

On the death of Queen Stateira

Curtius, 4.10.18-24; Curtius, 4.10.29-34; Diodorus, 17.54.7; Justin, 11.12; Plutarch, Alexander 30

Alexander’s marriage to Princess Stateira (and Parysatis)

Aelian, Varia Historia 8.7; Arrian, 7.4.4-8; Athenaeus, The Deipnosophists 12.538b; Diodorus, 17.107.6; Justin, 12.10; Plutarch, Alexander 70.2; Plutarch, Moralia 329D-F

Thais the Courtesan

Athenaeus, The Deipnosophists 13.576e; Curtius, 5.7.1-8; Diodorus, 17.72.1-6; Plutarch, Alexander 38.1-4

Thalestris, the Amazon Queen

Itinerarium Alexandri, 42.(xcv); Arrian, 4.15.1-5; Arrian, 7.13.2-6; Curtius, 6.5.24-32; Diodorus, 17.77.1-3; Justin, 12.3; Plutarch, Alexander 46.1-2; Strabo, Geography 11.5.3-4

Miscellaneous - Female

Frontinus, Stratagems 2.11.6; Plutarch, Moralia 179E; Plutarch, Moralia 180F; Plutarch, Moralia 760C–D; Plutarch, Moralia 818B–C

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