Alexander The Great kept two items with him at all times and even slept with them under his pillow. One was a copy of the Iliad, and the other was a dagger. How do these two items tell us something important about Alexander? What does each of them symbolize in his life?
These items tell us that Alexander was both heavily inspired by the heroes and heroic ideals described in the Iliad and influenced by the physical realities of warfare and the dangers it involved. They symbolized his military prowess and his visions of conquest and heroic success.