Since his loss of life within the 3rd century BC, every one age has woven its personal legends round the determine of Alexander the Great.
If the Hebrew culture observed him as a preacher and prophet, to the Persians he used to be alternately a real king and an arch-Satan, whereas in sleek Greece he's respected extra as a smart guy than as a conqueror. some of these very disparate traditions proportion roots in The Greek Alexander Romance.
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103. Or’chimpanzees’. 104. Or ‘unbored’. a hundred and five. the writer of γ was once evidently questioned too, and simplified the tale. He has simply characters, Alexander and Antiochus, and the 2 of them switch outfits. The 3rd personality is, actually, pointless to the plot. 106. γ has a distinct account of the rescue of Candaules’ spouse from the tyrant (who is termed Evagrides). nervous through Alexander’s letters, the tyrant commits suicide. the story in γ is tedious and never pretty much as good. 107. γ contains the following the occasions of III. 24, other than that the Egyptian king, Sesonchosis, is changed through the Persian king, Ochus, the daddy of Darius. 108. As we will notice later, his identify is Thoas. In A and the Armenian model he's referred to as Kargos; and in γ, Doreph. 109. The expression is a robust one: diakoreusai actually skill ‘penetrate’. γ has the extra decorous symmigenai: ‘have sex with’. an analogous divergence happens in ch. 26 under. one hundred ten. In γ the Amazons ask for a portrait of Alexander to revere, and he sends them his spear. 111. The occasions of this letter are instructed within the 3rd individual in γ, hence creating a doublet of the Amazon tale. 112. Maron. A son or grandson of Dionysus, raised via Silenus. right here he seems pointed out with Silenus. 113. those wonders of the palace of the Persian kings also are pointed out via Philostratus, lifetime of Apollonius of Tyana, I. 25. 2; cf. Herodotus, 7. 27. 2. 114. there's no ch. 29 in A, B or L. simply γ contains the tale of the enclosure of the Unclean international locations, Gog and Magog (see complement J). one hundred fifteen. The textual content of the Romance tells the story within the 3rd individual, and for this reason i have never given it in citation marks. 116. In γ the variety of Chaldaeans is ten. 117. At this element γ (MS C) inserts one other letter to Olympias, back repeating a number of of the previous occasions. 118. A has Iollas, a extra Greek shape. 119. Antipater’s son is Cassander. in truth Iolaus used to be Cassander’s more youthful brother. a hundred and twenty. γ provides Seleucus, Philo and Scamandrius. Antipater’s son Cassander shouldn't be during this record of these who have been blind to the plot, and has most likely been inserted via carelessness. 121. Antipater’s son. 122. the 1st 4 paragraphs of the desire are in a very pompous sort, in contrast to the subsequent ones, and awesome for his or her overriding trouble with Rhodian affairs. within the 5th paragraph the need opens afresh. One might suspect a Rhodian hand within the addition of the 1st 4 paragraphs. 123. Merkelbach (pp. 277–8), via Heckel, emends to Antipater. 124. The preparations for the management of Macedón are a puzzle to historians. See Bosworth, op. cit. , p. one hundred seventy five. a hundred twenty five. The inclinations of this paragraph reappear, roughly, in γ, which doesn't have the remainder of the desire. not one of the will looks in L apart from the sentence approximately Roxane’s offspring. 126. γ has Alexandria. 127. ‘Neomaga’ could be a Greek kind of an Egyptian observe, within which the point ‘neo-’ used to be taken to intend ‘young’. 128. i. e. , 323/2 BC. 129. i. e. , 325/4 BC. a hundred thirty. The Greek expression actually skill ‘molten metal’. 131. What follows heavily resembles the occasions in Cilicia acknowledged in II.