The Lifelong Love Story of Alexander the Great and Hephastian, son of Amyntor




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Publication Date : 1/14/2010

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Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 344
ISBN : 9781440194665
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 344
ISBN : 9781440194641

About the Book

There is no other book, past or present, that unapologetically explores the depth of the emotional and erotic relationship between Alexander the Great and his lover of 20 years, Hephastian Amyntor, a nobleman's son. Although ALEXANDROS is a fictional account of the conversations and intimate life of its characters, it is solidly based on historical fact. A philosophical contemporary of Alexander the Great, Diogenes, gliby wrote, “The only battle Alexander ever lost was between Hephastian’s thighs.”

Written as a libretto for a sung through musical, (a la LES MISERABLES), with precise, accessible and often poetic language, the reader can share in the intimate conversations of people who may appear untouchable and unknowable in the famous paintings, sculptures and histories that have attempted to capture their likeness.

For more than 2,300 years, historians, biographers, novelists, and, more recently, filmmakers have relegated Alexander the Great’s lifelong love affair with Hephastian to either a historical footnote or, apologetically, his “possibly” being a bisexual who dabbled occasionally in male-to-male love.

ALEXANDROS positions this enduring and passionate twenty year love story at the very center of Alexander’s life. It follows this almost superhuman man, seemingly blessed and guided by the gods, and his constant companion, Hephastian, from their school days in Macedonia where they first fall in love to the far reaches of the known world. Then finally, after dying within months of each other, we follow them into judgment before the ancient deities and ascension into the pantheon of gods and heroes.

ALEXANDROS also contains four essays written by the author that explore the childhood pain and sexual passions that drove Alexander the Great to become at once the most detested and the most adored man who ever lived.

The themes, dialogue and its erotic content make ALEXANDROS most appropriate for MATURE readers.

About the Author

STANLEY BARBER has directed and/or produced nearly 500 major theatre productions in a career spanning more than 40 years, ranging in diversity from JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR to RENT, including major productions of AMADEUS, A CHORUS LINE, EQUUS, INTO THE WOODS and A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS.

He has written the book and/or lyrics for a dozen musicals which he also directed, including versions of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, St. Exupery’s THE LITTLE PRINCE, Kipling’s THE JUNGLE BOOK and THE WIZARD OF OZ; and a dramatic adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY.

His work off-Broadway includes directing his librettos for two musicals, as well as his direction of HAMLET and most recently, OEDIPUS THE KING.

A former high school and college English teacher, Stan Barber is the founder and director of Castle Shakespeare Repertory Company, a professional actors company, and Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, both located in northwest New Jersey, where he resides.