When Alexander was conducted by the priests into the temple and had regarded the god
for a while, the one who held the position of prophet, an elderly man, came to him and said,
take this form of address as from the god also."
He replied, "I accept, father; for the future I shall be called thy son.
But tell me if thou givest me the rule of the whole earth." The priest now entered the sacred
enclosure and as the bearers now lifted the god and were moved according to certain prescribed
sounds of the voice,2
the prophet cried that of a certainty the god
had granted him his request, and Alexander spoke again: "The last, O spirit, of my questions
now answer; have I punished all those who were the murderers of my father or have some escaped
The prophet shouted: "Silence! There is no mortal who can
plot against the one who begot him. All the murderers of Philip, however, have been punished.
The proof of his divine birth will reside in the greatness of his deeds; as formerly he has
been undefeated, so now he will be unconquerable for all time."
Alexander was delighted with these responses. He honoured the god with rich gifts and
returned to Egypt.3