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Persis was difficult of access, owing to the roughness of the country, and was guarded by the noblest of the Persians (for Dareius had taken to flight); but Alexander found a guide to conduct him thither by a circuit of no great extent. The man spoke two languages, since his father was a Lycian and his mother a Persian; and it was he, they say, whom the Pythian priestess had in mind when she prophesied, Alexander being yet a boy, that a ‘lycus,’ or wolf, would be Alexander's guide on his march against the Persians. 1

1 Arrian ( Anab. iii. 18, 1f.) speaks only of a forced march through the mountains.

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