Symbols {199} ~ Bucephalus

Bucephalus was Alexander the Great’s horse. Bucephalus was famous for its size and unusual markings. It had a star on top of his head and was the largest horse anyone had seen in Macedon. Initially brought in front of Philip, Alexander’s father, Bucephalus was found to be too rowdy and untamable. Alexander bet his father that he could tame Bucephalus. If he could not, Alexander himself would pay for the horse. Philip agreed to the arrangement and Alexander walked over to Bucephalus. What Alexander had noticed was that Bucephalus was afraid of its shadow. Once Alexander had Bucephalus facing the sun he was able to mount the horse. Seeing his son achieve this notable task, Philip foretold that Alexander would rule over a much larger kingdom than Macedon. Alexander proved his father correct. He rode Bucephalus into every battle he fought. In his last battle Bucephalus died while fighting. Alexander named a city after Bucephalus.

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