Dio Chrysostom, Discourses 2.33

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32 In this fashion Alexander would talk with his father, thereby revealing his innermost thoughts. The fact is that while he loved Homer, for Achilles he felt not only admiration but even jealousy because of Homer's poesy, just as handsome boys are sometimes jealous of others who are handsome, because these have more powerful lovers. To the other poets he gave hardly a thought; but he did mention 33 Stesichorus and Pindar, the former because he was looked upon as an imitator of Homer and composed a "Capture of Troy," a creditable work, and Pindar because of the brilliancy of his genius and the fact that he had extolled the ancestor whose name he bore: Alexander, nicknamed the Philhellene, to whom the poet alluded in the verse

Namesake of the blest sons of Dardanus.[1]

This is the reason why, when later he sacked Thebes, he left only that poet's house standing, directing that this notice be posted upon it:

Set not on fire the roof of Pindar, maker of song.

Undoubtedly he was most grateful to those who eulogized him worthily, when he was so particular as this in seeking renown.


  • אלכסנדר מחריב את תבאי אך משאיר את ביתו של פינדרוס על תילו כמחווה של כבוד והערכה על כך שהאחרון שיבח את אחד מאבותיו בעל אותו השם.
  1. Bergk, Poetae Lyrici Graeci, Pindar, Fragment 120. See also Pindar, p578 in L. C. L. An allusion to Alexander, or Paris, son of Priam and descendant of Dardanus, the first king of Troy.

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