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Became the centre o f operations. One city, a rocky and almost inaccessible fortress, still held out. “ Can you f l y ? ” said Arimazes scornfully, in reply to a summons to surrender. Alexander proved that flying was not necessary : and when a picked body o f three hundred, after incredible exertions, had seized a point of vantage, the rock-fortress opened its gates. Arimazes was crucified, as a warning to offenders in the future, and by a policy partly of severity, partly of conciliation, Sogdiana Baotria were pacified.

One city, a rocky and almost inaccessible fortress, still held out. “ Can you f l y ? ” said Arimazes scornfully, in reply to a summons to surrender. Alexander proved that flying was not necessary : and when a picked body o f three hundred, after incredible exertions, had seized a point of vantage, the rock-fortress opened its gates. Arimazes was crucified, as a warning to offenders in the future, and by a policy partly of severity, partly of conciliation, Sogdiana Baotria were pacified. freni domitarmn A chain of forts, gentium ” established near Margiana, to says Curtius, protect, and “ velut was perhaps, the western frontier, as Alexandria Eschate protected the eastern K Sogdiana Peucolaus managed to with a standing force of only g overn ' 3,000 infantry : this is a striking testimony to the com­ pleteness of Alexander’s subjugation.

Perhaps the experiment of nulliti" a native in a position ol authority was not a success. ° 37. ΒΛΙΜ',Υ ITISTOHY. Tie neighbouring provinces of Drangiaua and! Aria1. We know that Stasanor was still in charge- in 316 B. , for Diodorus records the fact that Antigonus dared not replace him1 2; Oxyartee continued in ofPce as Satrap o f the Kabul valley, and possibly both he and Stasanor assumed a BemiindependeDt position soon after the death of Alexan­ der. Hence, perhaps, Diodorus is led to call him a “ Bactriau king Or is DiodOrus thinking of Plutarch’s assertion that Oxyartes was a brother ofDarius ?

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