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Octavian and Alexander the Great

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Octavian Augustus, after the victory at Actium and suicide of Cleopatra and Antony, when he entered Alexandria, asked to lead him to the tomb of Alexander the Great. He worshiped the body of famous Macedonian, put a new crown on his head, and sprinkled flowers on the corpse.

Then service asked Octavian if he would also like to see the tombs of Ptolemy. The Roman replied: “I wanted to see a king, not dead bodies”.

Sources
  • Suetonius, Augustus

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