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Thoroughly incensed, then, Alexander said: ‘Base fellow, dost thou think to speak thus of me at all times, and to raise faction among Macedonians, with impunity?’ ‘Nay,’ said Cleitus, ‘not even now do we enjoy impunity, since such are the rewards we get for our toils; and we pronounce those happy who are already dead, and did not live to see us Macedonians thrashed with Median rods, or begging Persians in order to get audience with our king.’

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