Alexander the Great was no doubt a "great" general. But when it came to
naming cities, he seemed to have a certain lack of imagination — or at
least a very large ego. No fewer than three cities in the ancient world
were either named or re-named Alexandria after his conquests.
Which could be rather confusing.
How did they tell them apart? Zip codes, of course. Here's the list:
Alexandria in Arachosia 38808
Alexandria in Babylonia 38102
Alexandria in Egypt 01266
Simple. But what a lot of people don't know is that there were actually
three Alexanders, as well.
Magnificent general and
leader of men, conqueror
of the known world.
Student of Aristotle, philosopher
and perpetual sceptic.
The totally gay Alexander who
hung out at Persian discos.
I hope that clears a few things up.