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[3] Therefore when Neoptolemus, the commander of the Shield-bearers, after Alexander's death, said that he had followed the king with shield and spear, but Eumenes with pen and paper, the Macedonians laughed him to scorn; they knew that, besides his other honours, Eumenes had been deemed worthy by the king of relationship in marriage. For Barsiné the daughter of Artabazus, the first woman whom Alexander knew in Asia, and by whom he had a son, Heracles, had two sisters; of these Alexander gave one, Apama, to Ptolemy, and the other, also called Barsiné,1 to Eumenes. This was at the time when he distributed the other Persian women as consorts among his companions.2

1 In Arrian, Anab. vii. 4, 6, the names of the sisters are Artacama and Artonis, respectively.

2 Cf. the Alexander, lxx. 2.

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