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But to return to Alexander, when he had subdued all the country on this side of the Euphrates, he marched against Dareius, 1 who was coming down to meet him with a million men. On this march one of his companions told him, as a matter worth laughing at, that the camp-followers, in sport, had divided themselves into two bands, and set a general and commander over each of them, one of whom they called Alexander, and the other Dareius;

1 In June or July of 331 B.C.

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