Arrian on Alexander's courtiers

In his Indikê, Arrian of Nicomedia describes the seaborne return of the army of Alexander. His source is the Indikê of admiral Nearchus. One of the most important sections is the catalogue of trierarchs in chapter 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.

Alexander's courtiers

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,

From Amphipolis these were appointed officers:

And from Orestis:

Of Eordaea:

From Pydna:

Then besides:

Of the Greeks

Of the Cyprians:

Alexander appointed also a Persian trierarch, Bagoas son of Pharnuces.note

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.