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[3] These words, then, deeply affected Alexander, who was reminded of the uncertainty and mutability of life. 1

In Persia, too, Calanus, who had suffered for a little while from intestinal disorder, asked that a funeral pyre might be prepared for him. 2 To this he came on horseback, and after offering prayers, sprinkling himself; and casting some of his hair upon the pyre, he ascended it,greeting the Macedonians who were present, and exhorting them to make that day one of pleasure and revelry with the king, whom, he declared, he should soon see in Babylon.

1 Cf. Arrian, Anab. vi. 29, 4-8.

2 The self-sacrifice of Calanus is narrated by Arrian ( Anab. vii. 3).

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