The uncontested facts are few. Cleitus is released quite in different ways in various accounts as: Cleitus, Clitus, Kleitos, Cleitus the Black, and Cleitus child of Dropides. In most accounts however , the event is at Samarcand/Maracanda and the cause of the increased drinking may be the feast of the twins Castor and Pollux (Gemini). It really is certain Cleitus and Alexander began to toss insults for one another. Eventually, a poem is sarcastically recited regarding the Macedonian generals who were defeated by simply Spitamenes. Alexander may possess boasted regarding surpassing his father's greatness. Cleitus shouts that the wonder of the empire is it not really Alexander's singular achievement but from the blood vessels of the Macedonian soldiers. Cleitus recites Euripides' Andromache to be able to insult the king. Alexander throws an apple at Cleitus' head. Cleitus may have been brought in out of the room only to fatefully return back. Alexander capriciously slays him using a pike or spear. Just about all accounts speak of the king's deep sorrow and boycottage from food and drink for three days and nights. Callisthenes and Anaxarchus relieve the full of remorse though that they probably add legitimacy for the idea of his own overall power.
Cleitus is an important military figure both in Philip and Alexander's command. He led the Royal Squadron of the Partner Calvary along with the Philotas Affair was appointed co-commander of the whole brigade along with Hephaestion. At a battle in Granicus, Cleitus saved Alexander's life. He can also a close family friend of Alexander's family. His sister, Hellanice, was Alexander's beloved wet-nurse as a child. The king thought of her since his mother. Just before his death, having been appointed into a lead military position (satrap) in Bactria that may or may not have been a promotion. Though it would have been a position of importance, in addition, it would have considered him maybe purposely away from court. Historians cannot be sure if Cleitus had...