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The loss of life of Spitamenes had as its speedy outcome the pacification of Sogdiana. Having ordered measures to revive the health and wellbeing of the folks and the fertility of the ruined geographical region, Alexander spent a lot of the iciness at Nautaca, busily engaged with arrangements for the adventure south to the Punjab. prior to beginning on that company he weighed up the results which would end result from the truth that a hundred thirty five alexander the nice as numerous in demand barons had now not but made formal submission, their rock fortresses may endanger his rear. The day trip to the Sogdian Rock begun most likely within the past due iciness of 328. This ambitious citadel stood upon a rock so steep and so excessive that it used to be reputed to be impregnable. Oxyartes had despatched his spouse and relations there and had laid in adequate shops to resist a chronic siege. while Alexander arrived on the rock, wanting to stay away from bloodshed, his heralds asked permission to go to the fort. To this advice got here the jeering answer that basically males with wings may perhaps succeed in their castle and camp. This problem inspired the King and his military to make the try out through evening; volunteers have been known as for and prizes provided to those that won the summit by means of sunrise. 300 replied, and within the darkness, utilizing stakes of iron, powerful ropes and tent pegs driven into crevices, this courageous corporation arrived above the camp with a lack of in basic terms thirty males. large blocks of ice had further to the risk in their climbing feat. within the morning, whilst the heralds shouted to the garrison to appear above, the Sogdians stared, incredulous, surprised to work out Macedonians waving flags at the summit of the supposedly insurmountable rock. Alexander defined that this miracle have been complete via squaddies with wings. Believing that the “winged infantrymen” had a robust strength in the back of them, the Sogdians, with no additional 136 the rocks to the hydaspes parley, surrendered to their creative conqueror, and on discovering how clement have been his phrases they prompted neighbouring clans to stick to their instance. the following Alexander met Roxane, the daughter of Oxyartes, and was once deeply inspired by means of her attractiveness and style. because it was once his invariable rule to regard captive girls with recognize, Alexander proposed honourable marriage; his supply used to be joyfully permitted by way of the Princess and her father. a few continue that this marriage was once simply a question of coverage, yet i locate it tough to think guy who cared quite a bit for Homer and the Greek drama, which depicted such a lot of noble girls, might have entered right into a loveless marriage at this degree of his occupation. a few sympathetic appeal Roxane should have possessed; for Alexander had met many appealing Persian ladies of excessive rank and handed them through, coldly detached. some of the military objected that their King must have selected a “barbarian” for his bride, yet his Oriental allies had fun while the wedding rite used to be carried out with the rites of the rustic. background tells us little approximately Roxane. She bore a son after Alexander’s demise; either have been destroyed via the bold Cassander; they obstructed his route to the coveted throne.

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