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[3] After this, as he was giving siege to Gaza, 1 the principal city of Syria, a clod of earth, which had been dropped from on high by a bird, struck him on the shoulder. The bird alighted on one of the battering-engines, and was at once caught in the network of sinews which were used to give a twist to the ropes. 2

1 During September and October of 332 B.C.

2 Cf. Curtius, Hist. Alex. iv. 6, 11 f.

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