Diodorus Siculus 17.16.3-4

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3 He [Alexander] the proceeded to show them where their advantage lay and by appeals aroused their enthusiasm for the contests which lay ahead. He made lavish sacrifices to the gods at Dium in Macedonia and held the dramatic contest in honor of Zeus and the Muses which Archelaus, one of his predecessors, had instituted. 4 He celebrated the festival for nine days, naming each day after one of the Muses. He erected a tent to hold a hundred couches and invited his friend and officers, as well as the ambassadors from the cities, to the banquet. Employing great magnificence, he entertained great numbers in person besides distributing to his entire force sacrificial animals and all else suitable for the festive occasion, and put his army in fine humor.


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