“Alexander’s Feast”-“My” Synopsis

Alexander the Great, the son of King Philip, is sitting on a throne in a city in Persia where he is accompanied by a beautiful Thais (courtesan). Along with the other Greek soldiers they are drinking wine while they celebrate their defeat of the Persian Empire. Then enters the musician/soldier Timotheus who begins to play his lyre. The lyre’s beautiful melodies seem to the soldiers to bring god down from heaven. As Timotheus continues to plays his lyre the soldiers consume more and more wine including Alexander.

Because of the music and the wine Alexander has become so drunk that he begins to relive all his battles in his mind which starts to cause him to go slowly go mad. Eventually Alexander begins to relive the death of the Persian king Darius. After the Greeks victory Darius was betrayed and killed by his own men and his body is left in the open. Though Darius had Alexander’s father killed, he was still a king, and no one especially a king should be murdered and his body left out in the dirt with his eyes open which was an act of dishonor to the Greeks. Alexander then begins to cry. Seeing this Timotheus begins to sing a song about love hoping that it will cause Alexander to pull himself together. Instead it only causes him to become so overwhelmed with emotion that he passes out collapses into the Thais chest.

To prevent Alexander from appearing weak in front of the other Greek soldiers Timotheus begins to sing a rousing song calling for the soldiers to take revenge against the Persians for all the Greek deaths in the battle. This succeeds in waking Alexander; however, he goes in to frenzy and caught in the moment orders his men to burn the city to the ground. Horrified at the chaos Timotheus try’s to play his flute in order to quell the riot but to anvil. Eventually St. Cecilia descend from heaven and stops the riot but its too late to stop the burning of the city but is able to stop further deaths.

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