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Diodorus Siculus and Hephaestion's Pyre1

  • Paul Mckechnie (a1)

Chapters 114 and 115 of Diodorus Siculus Book 17 give rise to impressive difficulties, considering their relative brevity. At the beginning of Chapter 113 Diodorus has announced the opening of the year 324/3 (Athenian archon, Roman consuls, 114th Olympic Games)—the last year of Alexander the Great's life. Alexander by then has already, at the end of the previous year (112.5), taken the fateful step of entering Babylon: wounded in his soul by Chaldaean prophecy, Diodorus says, but healed by Anaxarchus and the philosophical corps of the Macedonian army. The new year, 324/3, begins with Alexander dealing with diplomatic missions from three continents; and then, at the beginning of Chapter 114, Diodorus brings in the funeral of Hephaestion.

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W. W. Tarn , ‘Alexander's hypomnemata and the “World-Kingdom”’. JHS 41 (1921), pp. 121 at p. 13

N. R. E. Fisher at Greece and Rome 31 (1984), p. 216

T. P. Wiseman's article ‘Lying Historians: Seven Types of Mendacity’ in Christopher Gill and T. P. Wiseman (eds.), Lies and Fiction in the Ancient World (Exeter, 1993) at pp. 122–46

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