Arr. Anab. 1.7.5

Abbreviated Work Title: 

Arr. An. 1.7.5


Flavius Arrianus


Alexandri anabasis


Book 1 chapter 7 section 5 ll. 4-7.


ἔνθεν δὲ ὁρμηθεὶς ἕκτῃ ἡμέρᾳ ἐσβάλλει ἐς τὴν Βοιωτίαν, ὥστε οὐ πρόσθεν οἱ Θηβαῖοι ἔμαθον εἴσω Πυλῶν παρεληλυθότα αὐτὸν πρὶν ἐν Ὀγχηστῷ γενέσθαι ξὺν τῇ στρατιᾷ πάσῃ. καὶ τότε δὲ οἱ πράξαντες τὴν ἀπόστασιν στράτευμα ἐκ Μακεδονίας Ἀντιπάτρου ἀφῖχθαι ἔφασκον, αὐτὸν δὲ Ἀλέξανδρον τεθνάναι ἰσχυρίζοντο, καὶ τοῖς ἀπαγγέλλουσιν ὅτι οὗτος αὐτὸς προσάγει Ἀλέξανδρος χαλεπῶς εἶχον: ἄλλον γάρ τινα ἥκειν Ἀλέξανδρον τὸν Ἀερόπου. Ὁ δὲ Ἀλέξανδρος ἐξ Ὀγχηστοῦ ἄρας τῇ ὑστεραίᾳ προσῆγε πρὸς τὴν πόλιν τῶν Θηβαίων κατὰ τὸ τοῦ Ἰολάου τέμενος· οὗ δὴ καὶ ἐστρατοπέδευσεν, ἐνδιδοὺς ἔτι τοῖς Θηβαίοις τριβήν, εἰ μεταγνόντες ἐπὶ τοῖς κακῶς ἐγνωσμένοις πρεσβεύσαιντο παρ’ αὐτόν.



Thence in five days [Alexander] entered Boeotia, so that the Thebans did not learn that he was within the Gates until he arrived, with all his force, at Onchestus. At that time the authors of the revolt were saying that a force of Antipater had come from Macedon, but confidenty affirmed that Alexander himself was dead, getting annoyed at anyone who reported Alexander's own proximity at the head of his men: it was, said they, a different Alexander, the son of Aeropus. Alexander left Onchestus and next day reached Thebes, near the entrance of Iolaus, where he encamped, giving the Thebans a period of grace, in case they should repent of their bad decisions and send an embassy to him.

Translated By: 

P. Brunt (1989)