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[3] When Alexander came up, he was manifestly distressed by what had happened, and unfastening his own cloak threw it upon the body and covered it. And when, at a later time, 1 he found Bessus, he had him rent asunder. Two straight trees were bent together and a part of his body fastened to each; then when each was released and sprang vigorously back, the part of the body that was attached to it followed after. Now, however, he sent the body of Dareius, laid out in royal state, to his mother, 2 and admitted his brother, Exathres, into the number of his companions.

1 In the spring of 329 B.C. Cf. Arrian, Anab. iii. 30, 5; iv. 7, 3 ff.

2 ‘To Persepolis, with orders that it should be buried in the royal sepulchre’ (Arrian, Anab. iii. 22, 1).

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