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He had voyaged on ships from island to island, although he did not talk about it. Just now he was kept in the city as a hostage, and Alexander did not know what he thought about that. In fact Nearchus seldom said anything; he followed the boys about, his brown face expressionless, and agreed to what they wanted to do. Alexander liked Nearchus, who never quarreled; but there was a gulf of silence between them. In the same way he shared nothing with Harpalus, who was a peasant’s son and often too sick to study.

Also the only sane and legitimate offspring of Philip. You’re human, judging by the blood that runs out of you it isn’t ichor by any means yet you seem to have a divine spark, bequeathed to you by Heracles or Achilles. Or at least that’s what you think. Tell me, do you breathe ordinary air or heavenly ether? Let’s see what else. You’re a barbarian youth trying to master the wisdom of the Greeks “ He broke off quickly, aware that Alexander stood rigid and silent, holding in his anger. Since the day when he had nearly died in the sword fight Ptolemy had been careful not to irritate the single-minded Alexander too far.

W. W. Tarn, Cambridge Ancient History (Vol. VI) ONE I The Passage of the Chariot of the Sun 5 II The Riddle of the Earth’s Shape 31 III Demosthenes and the Graves of Chaeronea 65 IV The Mountains and Thebes 83 V The Road to Troy 99 TWO VI Bridgehead 117 VII The First Summer, and the Winter 125 VIII Issus 137 IX The Woman of Damascus 152 X Gates of the Sea 166 XI The Turning to the East 180 XII Lady of the Beasts 193 XIH Persepolis 208 XIV The Wings, the Sun, and the Empire 224 THREE XV The Blight of Luxury 239 XVI River of the Sea and River of the Sands 259 XVII Roxana 275 [vii] XVIII The Elephants and the Last River, 293 XIX Return to the West 314 XX Corrosion of Wealth 331 XXI The End of the Army 343 XXII The Waters of Babylon 350 Afterword 356 * Note 385 Index 389 ONE I.

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