Killing Cleitus: Alexander’s Fruitless Remorse

Laurel Fulkerson

in No Regrets

Published in print June 2013 | ISBN: 9780199668892
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191751219 | DOI:
Killing Cleitus: Alexander’s Fruitless Remorse

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The fourth chapter discusses Alexander the Great’s expressions of remorse after his drunken murder of the courtier Cleitus. Here the dark side of remorse emerges more clearly, for his remorse is treated by most of the sources as either simply performative, or as genuine, but pointless, for it does not ameliorate his behaviour.

Keywords: politics; Plutarch; Arrian; Curtius Rufus

Chapter.  7537 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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