is always about motive, means and opportunity. A list of suspects is
compiled of those who had the opportunity to commit the murder - people who
could have been present at the scene of the crime – which can then be
shortened to include only those who had a motive to kill the victim at the
time he died. Finally, it comes down to establishing if any of
the remaining suspects uniquely had the means to commit the crime - in this
case, obtain the poison used. In Alexander the Great – Murder
in Babylon, Graham recreates the scene of the crime to identify eight
prime suspects, each with the motive, means and opportunity to have carried
out the assassination. Examining their lives, Graham uncovers a maze of
sexual intrigue, power play and romantic tragedy that led inevitably towards
Alexander’s death. Ultimately, in a dramatic twist in the tale, the
murderer is finally unveiled.
Each of the suspects
is particularly related to a specific period of Alexander’s remarkable
life. Click on each suspect listed below, in turn, to discover their
motives and the sequence of events that led to Alexander’s death.
1: ANTIPATER - the military governor falsely accused of treason.
2: ARRIDAEUS - the unstable brother whose throne Alexander usurped.
3: BARSINE -
the devoted concubine whose son Alexander refused to acknowledge.
4: SELEUCUS - the ruthless commander who was best placed to seize control.
5: ROXANNE -
the adoring queen who was jilted for a younger girl.
6: MELEAGER - the long-suffering general whose men Alexander betrayed.
7: STATIRA - the captive consort who blamed Alexander for her father’s death.
8: PERDICCAS - the scheming chief minister who was hungry for power.