Betrayed Alketas

Betrayed Alketas

Alketas was one of the chiefs of Alexander the Great, who hid in Termessos from Alexander's successor, One-Eye Antigone. We do not know, on what background the conflict between the two generals broke out, but it was probably about the division of the empire after the death of the ruler of Alketas, supported by the younger inhabitants of the city, above all, the arrogant officers of the Termessian army, while the mostly senior city council treated Alketas with restraint. When Antigonus led a great army, he stood outside the city walls, terrified elders, against the holy principles of hospitality, she sent a secret letter to the enemy, in which she undertook to surrender the young Macedonian without a fight, dead or alive. Alketas guessed the betrayal, because his followers were tricked out of the city one night. Willing to save honor, committed suicide, and the glad council sent Antigonus his corpse. At the same time, the young officers returned to the city and took control of it, which enraged Antigone, who, despite his success, wanted to conquer the city. Taught by Alexander's experience, he knew, that until the soldiers leave the walls, until his efforts are in vain. Therefore, he decided to provoke them to do so: Alketas' body was regularly exposed to the inhabitants of Termessos for the next three days, desecrated in an incredibly unbelievable way, hoping for revenge on the part of their relatives. But reason won, and Antigonus had to give up the siege; marched into the unknown, leaving a dead chief on a nearby hill. Alketas' followers buried him with great honors in a beautiful tomb outside the city.

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