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[4] His Friends asked: "To whom do you leave the kingdom?" and he replied: "To the strongest."1 He added, and these were his last words, that all of his leading Friends would stage a vast contest in honour of his funeral.2

1 So also in Arrian. 7.26.3. In Book 18.1.4, Diodorus says "To the best," agreeing with the "optimus" of Curtius 10.5.5, and the "dignissimus" of Justin 12.15.8. It is true, of course, that κράτιστος may mean "best" as well as "most powerful."

2 Curtius 10.5.5; Arrian. 7.26.3.

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