What was the name of Alexander the Great's horse?

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What was the name of Alexander the Great's horse?

-- Anonymous, August 19, 2003


I was wondering whether it was true or not what my History teacher told me about Alexander the Great one time. Apparently his famous words were : 'My country for a horse'. Does anyone know anything about this?

-- Anonymous, December 29, 2004

Its a Greek name meaning ox head cuz Bucephalus was stubborn as an ox. its GREEK. not albanian.

-- Anonymous, December 07, 2004

Alexander gave his horse a greek name, Bucephalus, meaning Ox head

-- Anonymous, December 06, 2004

not an answer... but a question... why would alexander give his horse an albanian name, especially if the horse was a stallion and the name translated to "gift of mare"? just wondering.

-- Anonymous, December 06, 2004

His name was Bucephalas. Bu=Ox and Cephalas=Head. It is a greek name. Alexander named him Oxhead because he was as stubborn as an ox and his head slightly ressembled one. And NO he was not a mare he was a 12 year old Stallion(Male) when Alexander III first rode him. He died in 326 after the battle of Jhelum. Alexander was said to have been just as upset about his death as he was about his closest friends death, Haephestion. They believe he died of exhaustion although his death may have been hastened due to many battle injuries. Alexander rode him in 50 battles. That is one hell of a horse! He died at 31 years old. Alexander named a city Alexandria-Bucephala after his fallen friend. The city is located in Northern India in the Punjab. To show how much Alexander loved and admired the horse, in 331 BCE Bucephalas was stolen by Uxian horse thieves. Alexander was so mad he threatened to have every man, woman and child in the country slaughtered unless Bucephalas was returned immediately. Of course he was returned immediately.

I hope this helps you out.

-- Anonymous, November 29, 2004

Bucephalus was a stallion a male horse it means willfull, stuborn Bucephalus was very brave in battle and carried Alexandar across many miles of very rough terrain Bucephalus was a true compaion to Alexander a true horsman will only have one Bucephalus in her or his life time.

-- Anonymous, November 29, 2004

In Albanian his name we can explain Bucepela = Buce Pela which mean aproximately Female Horse.

Wanna check.

Open dictionary Albanian - English.In greek I don't know what it means

-- Anonymous, November 20, 2004

Well, at least he had the sense not to name it Bucephalaphilopolis.

-- Anonymous, November 17, 2004

his horses name was BUCEPHALUS and Alexander respected it so much that he built a town in memory of it. The town is called Bucephala.

-- Anonymous, November 17, 2004

I think its the one beginning with b and it means Oxhead

-- Anonymous, October 30, 2004

Alexander great recieved this hourse as a gift from king of ALANS (ALANS -the people in eastern europe (sarmates and skiffes) .Today`s it is ossetia in caucasus mountains,(russia and georgia) ).And the name of his hourse was Butsefall(Butsefallus). That`s the hole story. Actually this is mantioned even in a Alanians antique mithes.

-- Anonymous, October 28, 2004

Let me tell a story that I heard about that horse.

One day during Alexanders crusades, some thiefs stole Bucephalus. Alexander started loking for her until he decided he would made an ultimatum. He said that if the horse didn't show up in 3 days he would destroy all the villages that surounded that area.

Bucephalus showd up a day or two later with the two man that had stolen her. Alexander was so happy to have her back that instead of puniching the thiefs he decided to reward them, by giving them some gold I believe.

It's a great story, I heard it on a documentary and find it great.

Hope it can be usefull to someone...

-- Anonymous, July 06, 2004

The horse's name was Bucephalus and Alexander got the horse because he was wild and no one could train him, but Alexander managed to!

-- Anonymous, May 06, 2004

When Alexander ran up to his father and asked him if he could have the horse at first his father refused and said it was going straight down for horse meat but Alexander persisted and eventually his father (Phillip) gave in and bet Alexander that he couldnt tame the horse. Back then the horse was named something else but Alexander after taming him renamed him Oxhead in Greek and they became inseperable. Later when Oxhead died Alexander got really upset as well as when some bandits stole Oxhead Alex got really mad!!

-- Anonymous, March 13, 2004

no ur all stupid it was a black horse and its name was philers retards get lost

-- Anonymous, February 18, 2004

It was Shadowfax!

-- Anonymous, February 10, 2004


-- Anonymous, February 10, 2004

I believe it was Silver.

-- Anonymous, February 10, 2004

Alexander saw his dad's men trying to tame an enormous wild black horse. He saw his dad's men doing exacly oposite of what needed doing.When his dad said to take the horse back, Alexander ran to him and told him that he could do it. And he did, by turning the horse away from the sun, thus, preventing him from seeing his shadow, that was scaring him.And after that, he named her Bucephalus and then they became inseparable.

-- Anonymous, November 17, 2003

so how did he get the horse?

-- Anonymous, October 06, 2003


-- Anonymous, October 03, 2003

the hourses name was paulena

-- Anonymous, September 29, 2003

Alexander's horse was BUCEPHALUS which means in albanian the mare given as a gift. It was a female horse...

You know how he got the horse???

-- Anonymous, August 20, 2003

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