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ltbgtltcentergtThen the persons who had reported the affair came forward with various irrefutable proofs of his own guilt and that of his fellow-conspirators of which the most damning was that he had admitted knowledge of a plot against Alexander but had said nothing about it -Arrian 3262 pg 191ltcentergt Explain why Arrian comes to this conclusion about Philotas conspiracy and assess the relative value of the source tradition for the episodeltbgt Arrians narrative leaves no question of Philotas guilt Introducing the topic with the key words It was here too that Alexander learned of Philotas plot against his life1 Arrian states quite bluntly without any deliberation that Philotas was guilty and therefore dealt with quite reasonably In comparison our other sources seem to describe a very different affair The trial so creatively portrayed by Curtius2 the events surrounding Philotas torture elaborately described by Curtius3 and Plutarch4 even the basic conspiracy Philotas is accused of organizing is conspicuously absent in Arrians account Unfortunately our sources much like many of their modern counter-parts seem to have too many ulterior motives to deal with this incident circumspectly Arrian begins by stating Ptolemys account of what now occurred is this Philotas was brought before the Macedonians to stand his trial Alexander made his accusations in no uncertain terms and Philotas answered the charge5 Arrian does not mention any sense of controversy surrounding this affair but instead quite simply and callously conveys the details of Philotas guilt followed by his execution He also makes only slight mention of Parmenions assassination explaining quite efficiently that his death was necessary as he was a danger to Alexander because he was a man of immense prestige6 In comparison with the other sources Arrian provides only a brief possibly official version of events7 Although not necessarily correct it was certainly the most convenient It not only removed any hint of Alexanders misconduct but also by removing the torture of Philotas served as a
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