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The Murder of Cleitus

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It is certain Cleitus and Alexander began to throw insults at one another. At some point, a poem is sarcastically recited about the Macedonian generals who were defeated by Spitamenes. Alexander may have boasted about surpassing his father's greatness. Cleitus shouts that the glory of the empire is it not Alexander's sole achievement but from the blood of the Macedonian soldiers...
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Cleitus recites Euripides' Andromache in order to insult the king. Alexander throws an apple at Cleitus' head. Cleitus may have been ushered out of the room only to fatefully return back. Alexander capriciously slays him with a pike or spear. Almost all accounts speak of the king's deep remorse and abstention from food and drink for three days...
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