Thursday, August 10, 2023

M/M: Alexander the Great at the Tomb of Achilles, Aelian Var. Hist. 12.7

 De Alexandro & Hephaestione

Alexander Achillis sepulchrum coronavit & Hephaestion Patrocli, significans, ita etiam se amari ab Alexandro, ut Patroclus fuerat ab Achille.

ὅτι Ἀλέξανδρος τὸν Ἀχιλλέως τάφον ἐστεφάνωσε καὶ Ἡφαιστίων τὸν τοῦ Πατρόκλου, αἰνιττόμενος ὅτι καὶ αὐτὸς ἦν ἐρώμενος τοῦ Ἀλεξάνδρου, ὥσπερ Ἀχιλλέως ὁ Πάτροκλος.


--Aelian, Varia Historia, translated into Latin by Justus Vulteius (1731) 12.7


Alexander placed a crown upon the tomb of Achilles, and Hephaestion did the same for Patroclus’ tomb. This show that Hephaestion was the lover of Achilles, just like Patroclus was the lover of Achilles.

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