Anabasis of Alexander

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Alexander’s Treatment of the Family of Darius

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. . . Nor did Alexander treat the mother, wife, and children of Darius with neglect. It is said that on the very night in which he returned from the pursuit of Darius, entering the Persian king’s tent, which had been selected for his use, he heard the lamentation of women and other sounds of a similar kind, not far from the tent. Inquiring who the women were, and why they were in a tent so near, he was answered by some one as follows, "O king, the mother, wife, and children of Darius are lamenting for him as slain, since they have been informed that thou hast his bow and his royal mantle, and that his shield has been brought back." When Alexander heard this, he sent Leonnatus, one of his Companions,2 to them, with injunctions to tell them, "Darius is still alive; in his flight he left his arms and mantle in the chariot; and these are the only things of his that Alexander has." Leonnatus entered the tent and told them the news about Darius. He added that Alexander would allow them to retain the state and retinue befitting their royal rank, as well as the title of queens; for he had not undertaken the war aganst Darius from a feeling of hatred, but he had conducted it in a legitimate manner for the empire of Asia. . . .

1 Arrian, , ii, 12.

2 A cavalry troop, some 1200 strong, composed of Macedonian knights.

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Chicago: "Alexander’s Treatment of the Family of Darius," Anabasis of Alexander in Readings in Early European History, ed. Webster, Hutton (Boston: Ginn and Company, 1926), 141. Original Sources, accessed January 31, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8EX1P7J979QCZQE.

MLA: . "Alexander’s Treatment of the Family of Darius." Anabasis of Alexander, Vol. ii, in Readings in Early European History, edited by Webster, Hutton, Boston, Ginn and Company, 1926, page 141. Original Sources. 31 Jan. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8EX1P7J979QCZQE.

Harvard: , 'Alexander’s Treatment of the Family of Darius' in Anabasis of Alexander. cited in 1926, Readings in Early European History, ed. , Ginn and Company, Boston, pp.141. Original Sources, retrieved 31 January 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8EX1P7J979QCZQE.