Netflix’s “Alexander: The Making of a God” has received criticism for depicting Alexander the Great as a bisexual man. The six-part docuseries, which premiered on January 31, features historians and dramatic reenactments of Alexander’s life and has been one of Netflix’s top ten most watched series since its inception. In the first episode, Alexander kisses his friend and potential lover, Hephaestion (Will Stevens). Dr. Salima Ikram of the American University of Cairo contends that sexual orientation was defined very differently in Ancient Greece, where same-sex relationships were quite common.
Conservatives, who were outraged by the possibility that Alexander had sex with men, remain sceptical. One account on X, formerly Twitter, complained that Netflix produced a new documentary about Alexander the Great and turned him gay within the first 8 minutes. Another claimed that those in control of Hollywood are part of the globalist agenda, destroying families, spreading degeneracy, dismantling traditions, and depopulating the United States and the European Union through social engineering.
The jury is still out on the definitive answer to this question, owing to a lack of concrete evidence in the form of written records. However, it is widely assumed that Alexander was bisexual because he was intimate with men, particularly those he served with in the military. He also had at least one son and was married twice, once to Roxana, with whom he was said to be deeply in love. Alexandra Birch, a history graduate from the University of Manchester in England, explains that sexual orientation was not the defining factor in sex, but rather the role each participant played: the dominant, higher-class, older partner was active, while the younger, lower-class partner was passive.
Another reason the question of Alexander’s sexuality cannot be definitively answered is that his bisexuality may have been erased by scholars and LGBT references censored in eras such as the Byzantine and Victorian periods, and possibly even more recently. According to Athena Richardson of George Washington University, historians may never truly understand the nature of Alexander’s relationship because of the stigmas associated with homosexuality and bisexuality, particularly his sexual submissiveness to a man. It is possible that no one in his court fully understood their relationship, hesitating to inquire out of respect for their king’s privacy, and thus a true understanding died with Alexander in 323 BCE.