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[3] He gave a splendid entertainment to Nearchus, and then, although he had taken his customary bath before going to bed, at the request of Medius he went to hold high revel with him; 1 and here, after drinking all the next day, he began to have a fever. This did not come upon him after he had quaffed a ‘bowl of Heracles,’ nor after he had been seized with a sudden pain in the back as though smitten with a spear; these particulars certain writers felt obliged to give, and so, as it were, invented in tragic fashion a moving finale for a great action.

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