“It has been well said that the search for the historical Alexander is something like the search for the historical Jesus. Many contemporaries had an interest in preserving a version of what he said and did, but none of the subject’s actual words have been certainly preserved verbatim; and those writers whose words have survived all had an interest in recording, or creating, a particular image of their hero- or villain- for the edification of their contemporaries or posterity. With the result that the searches for both tend to be massively controversial.”
Paul Cartledge, Alexander the Great, page 268
Interesting how uncertain at least some historians consider the facts behind two men who can legitmately be said to have changed the world, isn’t it?