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An early 14th‐cent. romance, probably from London, in 8,034 lines of short couplets. It is based on a legend according to which Alexander the Great was not the son of Philip of Macedon but of the Egyptian king Nectanabus, who tricked Philip's wife by magic into sleeping with him. The poem deals with the birth and youth of Alexander, his succession to Philip's throne, his conquest of Carthage and other cities, and his wars with Darius. The latter parts of the poem deal with his perils and conquests in the Far East, his seduction by Candace, and his death by poison.

Subjects: Literature.

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