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Alexander of Macedon, better known as "the Great", and his childhood friend and life-long companion Hephaistion captured my heart and my imagination long before the Oliver Stone movie, when I read Mary Renault's Alexander trilogy as a teen. The fact that theirs was a truly epic relationship in fact, not just in fiction, makes it even better and more intriguing.

This mix follows them, as they are in my head, all through their lives. I self-indulgently exploit the parallel to the mythical Achilles & Patroclus as a frame to the mix. I also use one track each performed by the actors who portrayed them in "Alexander", Colin Farrell (reading the opening/closing quote for the movie "Saving Mr. Banks") & Jared Leto (lead singer for 30 Seconds to Mars). Shame, what shame? ;)

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Alexander & Hephaistion - fanmix cover Alexander & Hephaistion - fanmix tracklist
Artwork on front cover by Penthesileia. Click images for full size.

King & Lionheart - an Alexander/Hephaistion fanmix

1. Achilles - Daniel Gannaway
you tempt me
you help me stand so wild and free
you thrust that light onto my face
[…]
achilles achilles i'm the moth to your fire

2. Stirb nicht vor mir / Don't Die Before I Do - Rammstein
Die Nacht öffnet ihren Schoss (Night opens its curtains)
Das Kind heisst Einsamkeit (The child's name is loneliness)
Es ist kalt und regungslos (It's cold and doesn't move)
Ich weine leise in die Zeit (I'm crying softly into time)
Ich weiß nicht, wie du heisst (I don't know who you are)
Doch ich weiss, dass es dich gibt (But I know that you exist)
Ich weiss, dass irgendwann (I know that sometime)
irgendwer mich liebt (someone loves me)
[…]
Ich warte hier (I'm waiting here)
Don't die before I do
Ich warte hier (I'm waiting here)
Stirb nicht vor mir (Don't die before I do)

3. King & Lionheart - Of Monsters & Men
And as the world comes to an end
I'll be here to hold your hand
'Cause you're my king and I'm your lionheart.

4. Savior - Red Hot Chili Peppers
And now I see you in a beautiful
And different light
He's just a man and everything he does
Will be all right
Call out my name, call and I came

5. Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
Never opened myself this way
Life is ours, we live it our way
All these words I don't just say
and nothing else matters

Trust I seek and I find in you
Every day for us, something new
Open mind for a different view
and nothing else matters

6. 100 Suns - 30 Seconds to Mars
I believe in nothing
Not in peace and not in war
I believe in nothing
But the truth in who we are

7. Everything - Lifehouse
You are the strength
That keeps me walking
You are the hope
That keeps me trusting
You are the light
To my soul
You are my purpose
You're everything

8. Lucky - annachrista @ Youtube (Bif Naked cover)
How could I ever love another, when I miss you every day.
[…]
How could I ever get over you, when I'd give my life for yours.
[…]
I know we are... we are the lucky ones, dear.

9. One Life, One Soul - Gotthard
You Are The Wind In My Sail
In An Ocean So Wide
Over Good Times
Bad Times
I'll Be Your Own Guiding Light
Holding Your Hand
Eyes Open Wide
And Always Beside

One Life One Soul
Forever I Know
Follow Me Follow Me
Wherever I Go

10. Twenty Years - Placebo
There are twenty years to go.
A golden age I know.
But all will pass, will end to fast, you know.
[…]
And that's the end and that's the start of it.
[…]
You're the truth not I.

11. Possession - Evans Blue (Sarah McLachlan cover)
Listen as the wind blows from across the great divide
voices trapped in yearning, memories trapped in time
the night is my companion, and solitude my guide
would I spend forever here and not be satisfied?
and I would be the one
to hold you down
kiss you so hard
I'll take your breath away
and after, I'd wipe away the tears
just close your eyes dear

12. The Weight of Love - Snow Patrol
You love it when they call your name, your name
A new empire beckons, a new kingdom in the distance
No gods are present, just the sky, the earth, and us
[…]
It’s the weight of love so gentle in your arms

13. Here's To The Night - Eve 6
Here's to the nights we felt alive
Here's to the tears you knew you'd cry
Here's to goodbye
Tomorrow's gonna come too soon

All my time is froze in motion
Can't I stay an hour or two or more
Don't let me let you go

14. Between - Vienna Teng
There once was a time I was sure of the bond
When my hands and my tongue and my thoughts were enough
We are the same but our lives move along
[…]
There's no denying we feel the third one
We do
I'm tired of hiding and so are you

15. This is Everything - Tegan & Sara
No I'm going to hold you anyway
And I'll do it without shaking
Yes I'll love you always
And I'll do it without aching
Yes I'd give you anything
Yes I'd give you anything
I gave you everything

16. Falling Down - Reamonn
Thought I heard you say I nearly lost your love
'Cause I let you down
Don't want to let you down
'Cause I fall down when you're not around

17. Endlessly - Muse
Hopelessly I'll love you endlessly
Hopelessly I'll give you everything
But I won't give you up
I won't let you down
And I won't leave you falling
If the moment ever comes

18. Lose You Now - Chalk Farm
And I don't want to second guess
How I'd feel if I was living without you

Well, I thought everything was good
You ask me if I love you
What made you think I don't
[...]
You're all I asked for
And you are, and you are
When you're looking at me
I surrender to everything

I don't want to lose you now

19. oh, you are the roots that sleep beneath my feet and hold the earth in place - Bright Eyes
Oh, you are the roots that sleep beneath my feet
And hold the earth in place
Each time a curtain opens
Sunlight pours in
A lifetime melts away
And we share a name
On some picturesque grave

20. One Line - P.J. Harvey
This world all gone to war
All I need is you tonight

And I draw a line
To your heart today
To your heart from mine
A line to keep us safe

All through the rising sun
All through the circling years
You were the only one
Who could have brought me here

21. In Your Honor - Foo Fighters
Mine is yours and yours is mine
I will sacrifice
In your honor
I would die tonight
For you to feel alive

22. Until the Day I Die - Story of the Year
Until the day I die
I'll spill my heart for you

As years go by
I race the clock with you
But if you died right now
You know that I'd die too

23. First Day of My Life - The Rasmus
Still feels like the first time
to stand here by your side
together regardless
we'll walk through the darkness
Still feels like the first day of my life

Remember the times
together we swore, never give up this life
still hanging on, still going strong
here I belong

24. Chim Chim Cher-ee (East Wind) - Colin Farrell (from Saving Mr. Banks)
Wind's in the east, mist coming in
Like something is brewing, about to begin
Can't put my finger on what lies in store
I fear what's to happen all happened before

25. The Death of Patroclus - Manowar (Achilles, Agony And Ecstasy In Eight Parts, part II)
This, dear friend, is how we'll say
Goodbye, until we meet in the sky

26. Lux Aeterna (Two Towers Remix) - Clint Mansell

Download: .zip (hosted, 120mb) OR
single mp3s, front & back cover + .m3u playlist on Mediafire (mp3s as .rar files, to protect from MF copyright policing)

Further reading:
Non-fiction / Meta
- Alexander of Macedon: 356-323 BC by Peter Green
- Alexander the Great by Robin Lane Fox
- The Nature of Alexander by Mary Renault
- Hephaistion - Philalexandros by Jeanne Reames-Zimmerman
- Hephaistion on Livius.org
- All about Alexander the Great on porthos.org
- The World of Alexander the Great by Maarit-Johanna
- A Response to Oliver Stone's Hephaistion part 1 & part 2 by Susan Ellis (fiona13)

Fiction
- Alexander trilogy (Fire from Heaven / The Persian Boy / Funeral Games) by Mary Renault
- Beyond Renault: Alexander the Great in Fiction by Jeanne Reames
- Alexander (2004) by Oliver Stone
- My fanfic and vid recs on delicious.com
- A/H slash on AO3