Historic Context

Cleitus was one of Alexander’s oldest associates and had saved his life at the Battle of the Granicus (334BC). His friendship did not save him from Alexander’s anger. At an organised banquet in the satrapial palace at Maracanda (what is now the town of Samarkand), an argument arose fuelled by alcohol. Historians differ on the source of the argument, be it Alexanders adaption of Persian customs or reorganisation of commands unbeneficial to Cleitus, but all historians agree on the outcome of the argument…