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[2] Nevertheless, he asked for something to drink, and when he had drunk some cold water which Polystratus gave him, he said to him: ‘My man, this is the extremity of all my ill-fortune, that I receive good at thy hands and am not able to return it; but Alexander will requite thee for thy good offices, and the gods will reward Alexander for his kindness to my mother, wife, and children; to him, through thee, I give this right hand.’ With these words he took the hand of Polystratus and then expired. 1

1 These details of the death of Dareius are not to be found in Arrian ( Anab. iii. 21 fin.), but in Curtius (v. 13, 28) and Diodorus (xvii. 73).

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