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|In his Indikę,
of Nicomedia describes the seaborne return of the army of Alexander.
His source is the Indikę of admiral Nearchus. One of the most important
sections is the catalogue of trierarchs in chapter of 18. The trierarchs
were courtiers who helped the construction of the navy from their own resources.
Therefore, the list is also a catalogue of Alexander's most important courtiers.
The translation was made by E. Iliff Robson.
|For Alexander, when his fleet was
made ready on the banks of the Hydaspes, collected together all the Phoenicians
and all the Cyprians and Egyptians who had followed the northern expedition.
From these he manned his ships, picking out as crews and rowers
for them any who were skilled in seafaring. There were also a good
many islanders in the army, who understood these things, and Ionians and
Hellespontines. As commanders of triremes were appointed:
from the Macedonians,
Of Alexander's own ship the helmsman was Onesicritus of Astypalaea; and the accountant of the whole fleet was Euagoras son of Eucleon, of Corinth. As admiral was appointed Nearchus, son of Androtimus, Cretan by race, and he lived in Amphipolis on the Strymon.
Alexander's most intimate friend and former lover.