Here the queen of the Amazons came to see him, as most writers say, among whom are Cleitarchus, Polycleitus, Onesicritus
, Antigenes, and Ister; but Aristobulus, Chares the royal usher, Ptolemy, Anticleides, Philo the Theban, and Philip of Theangela, besides Hecataeus of Eretria, Philip the Chalcidian, and Duris of Samos, say that this is a fiction.
And it would seem that Alexander's testimony is in favour of their statement. For in a letter to Antipater which gives all the details minutely he says that the Scythian king offered him his daughter in marriage, but he makes no mention of the Amazon. And the story is told that many years afterwards Onesicritus
was reading aloud to Lysimachus
, who was now king, the fourth book of his history, in which was the tale of the Amazon, at which Lysimachus
smiled gently and said: ‘And where was I at the time?’ However, our, belief or disbelief of this story will neither increase nor diminish our admiration for Alexander.