Alexander visits Troy

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Before setting off on his Asian campaign, Alexander went up to Troy, sacrificed to Athena and poured a libation to the heroes. After anointing himself with oil he ran naked around the tomb of Achilles his hero and inspiration with Hephaistion and his Companions. He then deposited crowns remarking how fortunate Achilles was to have had a faithful friend while he was alive (Patroclus) and a great herald of his fame after his death (Homer). While he was going sightseeing about the town someone asked him whether he wanted to see the lyre of Alexander (otherwise known as Paris). He replied that he was not interested in that one, but was looking for the lyre of Achilles, with which he used to sing the glorious deeds of brave heroes.

Where it all happened

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Western Gate of Troy

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Southern Gate of Troy

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