Alexander the Great Stops at Ilium


“Then, going up to Ilium, he sacrificed to Athena and poured libations to the heroes. Furthermore, the gravestone of Achilles he anointed with oil, ran a race by it with his companions, naked, as is the custom, and then crowned it with garlands, pronouncing the hero happy in having, while he lived, a faithful friend, and after death, a great herald of hsi fame. As he was going about and viewing the sights of the city,someone asked him if he wished to see the lyre of Paris. ‘For that lye,’ said Alexander, ‘I care very little; but would gladly see that of Achilles, to which he used to sing the glorious deeds of brave men.'”

Alexander, Plutarch

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