Around now, during the 324 BCE, his lifelong friend, perhaps their partner, with his next-in-demand, Hephaestion, passed away of a temperature, even though some account highly recommend he may were poisoned. The new declare that Alexander was gay otherwise bisexual try supported by biographies written immediately following his death and you can Hephaestion is consistently detailed since his companion together with his companion.
Plutarch claims one Alexander slaughtered brand new Cossaeans of a neighboring area since the a compromise to their buddy, and you may Arrian produces which he got Hephaestion’s doctor carried out to own a deep failing to take care of your. Brand new manes and tails of the ponies was cut because the a good sign of mourning, and you will Alexander would not promote another to Hephaestion’s standing just like the commander of your own cavalry. The guy abstained of food and drink and you may stated a period of mourning while in the his kingdom and you may funeral service rites constantly kepted getting good queen.
If you find yourself however operating this new despair out of Hephaestion’s passing, Alexander returned to Babylon for the 323 BCE that have preparations to possess increasing their empire but however never ever discover him or her. Lees verder “Historians’ profile regarding Alexander’s reaction to so it enjoy widely concur that their sadness is actually insupportable”