But the journals give the following record.
On the eighteenth day of the month he slept in the bathing-room on account
of his fever. The next day he bathed and removed into his chamber, and
spent his time in playing at dice with Medius. In the evening he bathed
and sacrificed, and ate freely, and had the fever on him through the night.
On the twentieth, after the usual sacrifices and bathing, he lay in the
bathing-room and heard Nearchus's narrative of his voyage, and the observations
he had made in the great sea. The twenty-first he passed in the same manner,
his fever still increasing, and suffered much during the night. The next
day the fever was very violent, and he had himself removed and his bed
set by the great bath, and discoursed with his principal officers about
finding fit men to fill up the vacant places in the army. On the twenty-fourth
he was much worse, and was carried out of his bed to assist at the sacrifices,
and gave order that the general officers should wait within the court,
whilst the inferior officers kept watch without doors. On the twenty-fifth
he was removed to his palace on the other side the river, where he slept
a little, but his fever did not abate, and when the generals came into
his chamber he was speechless and continued so the following day. The Macedonians,
therefore, supposing he was dead, came with great glamours to the gates,
and menaced his friends so that they were forced to admit them, and let
them all pass through unarmed by his bedside. The same day Python and Seleucus
despatched to the temple of Serapis to inquire if they should bring Alexander thither, and were answered by the god that they should not remove him. On the twenty-eighth, in the evening, he died. This account is most of it word for word as it is written in the diary.
At the time, nobody had any suspicion of his being poisoned, but
upon some information given six years after, they say Olympias put many
to death, and scattered the ashes of Iolaus, then dead, as if he had given
it him. But those who affirm that Aristotle counselled Antipater to do
it, and that by his means the poison was brought, adduced one Hagnothemis
as their authority, who, they say, heard King Antigonus speak of
it, and tell us that the poison was water, deadly cold as ice, distilled
from a rock in the district of Nonacris, which they gathered like a thin
dew, and kept in an ass's hoof; for it was so very cold and penetrating
that no other vessel would hold it. However, most are of opinion that all
this is a mere made-up story, no slight evidence of which is, that during
the dissensions among the commanders, which lasted several days, the body
continued clear and fresh, without any sign of such taint or corruption,
though it lay neglected in a close sultry place.
Aristobulus: 13th of Daesius.
Plutarch: 28th of Daesius.
Eumenes of Cardia, gives the month (wrongly) as Dius.
Daesius was the eighth Macedonian month, and Dius the seventh.
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