Diodorus on Alexander's last plans

The Greek author Diodorus of Sicily describes the last plans of Alexander the Great in chapter 18.4.1-6 of his Library of World history.

The translation below was made by M.M. Austin.

Alexander's last plans

[18.4.1] Now it happened that Craterus, who was one of the leading men, had been sent ahead to Cilicia by Alexander with the soldiers discharged from the army, some 6,000 in number. At the same time he had received written instructions which the king had given him to carry out; but after the death of Alexander the successors decided not to implement what had been decided.

[18.4.2] For when Perdiccas found among the king's memoranda plans for the completion of Hephaestion's funeral monument, a very expensive project, as well as the king's other numerous and ambitious plans, which involved enormous expenditure, he decided that it was most advantageous to have them canceled.

[18.4.3] So as not to give the impression that he was personally responsible for detracting from the king's glory, he submitted the decision on the matter to the common assembly of the Macedonians.¬†

[18.4.4-5] The following were the largest and most remarkable of the plans.

[18.4.6] When these plans had been read out, the Macedonians, although they approved highly of Alexander, nevertheless saw that the plans were extravagant and difficult to achieve, and they decided not to carry out any of those that have been mentioned.

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