Alexander and the Brahman

The words of the Brahman to Alexander the Great, from Arrian’s Anabasis of Alexander:

“King Alexander, each man possesses no more of this earth than the patch we stand on; yet you, though a man like other men, except of course that you are restless and presumptuous, are roaming over so wide an area away from what is your own, giving no rest to yourself or others. And very soon you too will die, and will possess no more of the earth than suffices for the burial of your body.”

205, P.A Brunt (translation and commentary) Arrian, Anabasis Alexandri, Volume 2, 1983, Harvard.

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Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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