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Alexander of Macedon, 356-323 B.C.: A Historical Biography Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 8, pg. 299-349 Summary

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Chapter 8, pg. 299-349 Summary and Analysis

Alexander did not spend much time in Echabatana. He was in pursuit of Darius. On the way he was informed that Darius had been deposed as the result of a coup by Bessus and Nabarzanes. The loyalty of the army was split between Bessus and Darius and Bessus declared himself Great King. Darius way taken with as prisoner as Bessus fled in advance of Alexander. Not wanting Darius taken alive by Alexander, Bessus and Nabarzanes killed him. Alexander had the body taken to Persepolis for burial.

Darius's death did not help Alexander. He was still a foreigner claiming the throne. Darius could not abdicate for Alexander to assume the throne. The only chance he had was to present himself as Darius's choice and to hunt Bessus. On the way, Alexander encouraged his men to marry. This was they had their families...

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