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1 The end of Diodorus's year 328/7 and the beginning of 327/6 B.C. have been lost in a long break in the manuscript from which our text derives; it is now the autumn of 327. The Scythian, Bactrian, and Sogdian campaigns are over, with such familiar incidents as the quarrel with Cleitus, the arrest of Callisthenes in connection with the introduction of proscynesis and the Pages' Conspiracy, and the marriage with Roxane (cp. the subject headings in the Table of Contents). Alexander is on his way down the Cabul valley toward India. In the city of Mazagae (Curtius 8.10.22) or Massaga (Arrian. 4.26.1) in the country of the Assacenians (modern Swat) he captured the beautiful queen Cleophis and reinstated her in her kingdom. The more romantic say that he had a son by her (Curtius 8.10.22-36; Justin 12.7.9-11).
2 These mercenaries had been in the service of the Assacenians. Plut. Alexander 59.3-4) agrees with this rather discreditable account of Alexander's treatment of them. Arrian, on the other hand (Arrian. 4.27.3-4), states that Alexander killed them because they were intending to desert. This presents historians with a nice dilemma: was Diodorus's source blackening Alexander's reputation, or was Arrian's whitening it.
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