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From thence he marched into Parthia, 1 where, during a respite from fighting, he first put on the barbaric dress, either from a desire to adapt himself to the native customs, believing that community of race and custom goes far towards softening the hearts of men; or else this was an attempt to introduce the obeisance 2 among the Macedonians, by accustoming them little by little to put up with changes and alterations in his mode of life.

1 In the early autumn of 330 B.C.

2 Prostration on the ground before a great personage, a peculiarly Persian custom.

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