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Headword: *basi/leioi
Adler number: beta,154
Translated headword: royal
Vetting Status: high
Six thousand [royal] boys; by order of Alexander the Macedonian they were doing military drill in Egypt.
Greek Original:
*basi/leioi pai=des e(cakisxi/lioi: oi(/tines kata\ pro/stacin *)aleca/ndrou tou= *makedo/nos ta\ pole/mia e)ch/skoun e)n *ai)gu/ptw|.
Evidently a garbled allusion to the 30,000 such boys mentioned in Arrian, Diodorus Siculus, Plutarch, and other sources on Alexander the Great.
The present version is wrong in its location as well as the figure: having been organized in Baktria in 327 BCE, the force was put through its paces in Susa (one of the Persian-Empire capitals) three years later. See generally A.B. Bosworth, Conquest and Empire: the reign of Alexander the Great (Cambridge 1988) 272-3.
Keywords: biography; children; geography; historiography; history; military affairs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 7 August 2001@05:01:49.
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Catharine Roth (set status) on 31 January 2002@14:07:59.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 26 July 2003@10:53:22.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 22 May 2012@08:58:10.
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