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His health deteriorated rapidly, and he died on June 10, 323. 9 suggests that he might have been poisoned, but there is no evidence to support his assertion and he probably 61 Diod. 2-3, Curt. 3, Just. 6, Plut. Alex. 70-72; cf. Tarn, Alexander 1, 115-116, Lane Fox, Alexander, 427-430, Green, Alexander, 453-456, Bosworth, CE, 159-161, and Worthington, Alexander, 182-183. 62 Diod. 3, Arr. 1-4, Curt.. 5, Plut. Alex. 4-6. 63 See pp. 47-48 for analysis of the prayer following the mutiny. 64 Diod. 8, Arr.

L. Hammond, Three Historians of Alexander the Great (Cambridge, 1983), 12-85, and Baynham, ―Ancient Evidence for Alexander the Great,‖ 14. 7, while discussing Alexander’s treatment of Darius’ wife and mother in 333, he mentions that Alexander demonstrated his kindness in his actions and as a result the Persian women hailed him as a god. 1). Quintus Curtius Rufus, a Roman soldier and politician, wrote a History of Alexander in ten books in probably the middle to late first century AD. 19 The first two books are lost and the remaining ones are riddled with lacunae.

The inclusion of Onesicritus, Aristobulus, Duris, and Phylarchus lends a sense of credibility to the work. The DFAM speaks of Alexander’s relationship with Roxane, which is romanticized by suggesting that Alexander was in love with her, and his marriage to Stateira, Darius’ daughter, both of which are part of a larger historical tradition. Plutarch specifically mentions the depth of emotion Alexander felt for Roxane (DFAM 1, 332E-F, DFAM 2, 338D),42 and that he loved (ἐξαζζείο) only her. However, it is only in DFAM 1 that he mentions that Alexander did not violate her (νὐρ ὕβξηζελ) because he loved her.

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