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[2] For this reason also, when the conspiracy of Hermolaüs and his associates 1 against Alexander was discovered, it was thought that the accusations of his detractors had an air of probability. They said, namely, that when Hermolaüs put the question to him how he might become a most illustrious man, Callisthenes said: ‘By killing the most illustrious;’ and that in inciting Hermolaüs to the deed he bade him have no fear of the golden couch, but remember that he was approaching a man who was subject to sickness and wounds.

1 The conspiracy of the pages (Arrian, Anab. iv. 13).

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