Bucephalus (ox-headed) In Greek history and legend, the horse of Alexander the Great. Plutarch, in his Parallel Lives, tells the legend of how the horse was given to Alexander by his father, Philip of Macedon, because the boy was the only person who could tame the animal. Bucephalus died after the battle of Hydaspes (326 b.c.e.) and was buried with honors. The city of Bucephala (modern-day Jhelum in Pakistan) was named after the horse.
Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow– Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante