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Alexander the Great in Fact and Fiction$
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A. B. Bosworth and E. J. Baynham

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198152873

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198152873.001.0001

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(p.50) 3 Conspiracies
Alexander the Great in Fact and Fiction

E. Badian

Oxford University Press

Alexander the Great, in one known case, believed in a conspiracy that did not exist, on the part of supporters of Cleitus. Anyone accused of suspecting conspiracies on the part of Alexander, where some do not see them, can only reply that, like the Emperor Domitian, Alexander has only himself to blame if we approach his claims, as transmitted by court historiography, with some suspicion. The war between Alexander of Macedon and Darius III of Persia and the continuation of Alexander's campaign is marked by a series of conspiracies, allegations of conspiracy, and attempts to anticipate conspiracy. Alexander was involved in the conspiracy that led to the death of Philip II. This chapter also discusses the conspiracy against Philotas and whether Dimnus was involved in the plot to kill him, as well as conspiracies by Macedonians against Alexander.

Keywords:   Alexander the Great, conspiracies, Darius III, Philip II, Philotas, Dimnus, Parmenio, Macedon, Cleitus, Persia

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