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[5] This is what most writers state regarding the oracular responses; but Alexander himself, in a letter to his mother, says that he received certain secret responses, which he would tell to her, and to her alone, on his return. And some say that the prophet, wishing to show his friendliness by addressing him with ‘O paidion,’ or O my son, in his foreign pronunciation ended the words with ‘s’ instead of ‘n,’ and said, ‘O paidios,’ and that Alexander was pleased at the slip in pronunciation, and a story became current that the god had addressed him with ‘O pai Dios,’ or O son of Zeus.

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