APPENDIX B
Sacrifices and Other Religious Matters
in the Alexander Histories

ARRIAN
1.4.5After crossing the Danube, sacrifice to Zeus Soter, Herakles and Istros (= Danube).
1.11.1Upon return from Thebes, Olympic and musical games; sacrifices to Zeus Olympios.
1.11.5At Elaious, sacrifices to Protesilaos, to ensure a safe crossing to Asia.
1.11.6Sacrifices to Poseidon and the Nereids on the Hellespont.
1.11.7Upon landing is Asia, sacrifices to Zeus Apobatērios, Athena and Herakles. Altars erected where Alexander had left Europe, and where he landed in Asia.
1.11.7–8In Troy, sacrifices to Trojan Athena; to Priam on the altar of Zeus Herkeios—to avert anger against a descendant of Neoptolemos.
1.16.7After Granikos, dedication to Athena on the Acropolis: “From Alexander s.o. Philippos and the Greeks, bar the Lakedaimonians.”
1.17.5–6Plans to build a temple to Zeus in the akra of Sardis; sudden rain and thunder (in midsummer) point to the palace of the kings of Lydia.
1.17.10Orders to the Ephesians to contribute taxes paid formerly to Persia to the temple of Artemis.
1.18.2Sacrifices to Artemis with military parade.
2.3.8In the night after cutting the Gordian knot there is a thunderstorm; interpreted as a sign that the oracle will come true. Sacrifices to the Gods who sent these omens and showed Alexander how to untie the knot.

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  • Hellenistic Culture and Society iv
  • Title Page vii
  • Contents x
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Son of Man, Son of God 9
  • 2 - In the Footsteps of Herakles 27
  • 3 - The Passage to India 39
  • 4 - Symbiosis 56
  • 5 - Amazon Queen 78
  • 6 - Post Mortem 87
  • 7 - Alexander and the End of Days 104
  • 8 - Alexander and Jesus 123
  • Conclusion 147
  • Appendix A - Alexander and David 151
  • Appendix B - Sacrifices and Other Religious Matters in the Alexander Histories 155
  • Appendix C - Alexander Alcoholicus 163
  • Notes 167
  • References 217
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