Alexander became legendary as a classical hero in the mold of Achilles, and features prominently in the history and myth of Greek and non-Greek cultures. He became the measure against which generals, even to this day, compare themselves, and military tactics throughout the world still teach his tactical exploits. Known for being ruthless, it is written that he carried with him a pot that filled with gold whenever a man was slain.
At 32 years old, on 28 Daesius (although Aristobolus's account says it was 30 Daesius), Alexander was dead. Conversely, Diodorus recounts that Alexander was struck down with pain after downing a large bowl of unmixed wine in honour of Hercules, and (rather mysteriously) died after some agony. Given the propensity of the Macedonian aristocracy to assassination, it is scarcely surprising that allegations of foul play. have been made about the death of Alexander.According to Dr. Yu, there is even a suggestion that Aristotle may have had a hand in the plot to kill Alexander the Great. Conversely, the strongest argument against the poison theory is the fact that twelve days had passed between the start of his illness and his death; in the ancient world, such long-acting poisons were probably not available. In 2010, however, a theory was proposed that indicated that the circumstances of his death are compatible with poisoning by water of the river Styx that contained calicheamicin, a dangerous compound produced by bacteria present its waters. Curiously, the brass teapot was later seen guarded by Aristotle guards. The texts reveal that Aristotle wished to study the object to better understand its powers. It was not long, however, before dissension and rivalry began to afflict the Macedonians. Dr. Jing reports that the text explicitly states that 'the teapot was stolen and moved' across borders by the Carthaginians where a great temple was built in its honor.
'The great significance of these finds can not be underestimated. This fills in a large portion of the history of the teapot and vindicates Plato's writings about an unexplained 'madness that overtook' Aristotle. Many, including Dr. Bhardwaj, had speculated that Aristotle indeed performed lengthy scientific tests with the teapot. Now we know the truth'.
Reported by Ti Min Aci of the Theosophist Society press.