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Alexander’s strategy of ‘liberation’ took him to Ada’s inland stronghold of Alinda, where he pledged his support to her cause, and she made him her adoptive son. The other Carian cities welcomed him with open arms as he crossed the Euromus range and descended to the coast, approaching the high walls and citadel of Halicarnassus from the north-west. There was a short delay while he waited for the transport-ships with his siege engines to arrive; once they did, they made short work of the walls. Many of the defenders were killed.

Sic. 5) has a different story. Alexander the Lyncestian himself was accused of treasonable correspondence with Darius in winter 334 and placed under close arrest; he was eventually executed in 330 in the aftermath of the conspiracy of Philotas. There was evidently no love lost between these two families. The younger Lyncestians may have been executed less because they represented a direct threat than because they might support the stronger rival claims of Amyntas, the son of Perdiccas. Amyntas himself was a 19 likely pretender to the throne, and was disposed of within the year, and probably much sooner.

Even after 150 years, the ‘enslavement’ of the Ionian Greeks to Persia still rankled with mainland Greeks. So Greek opinion would always 24 be favourable to a crusade against the ancestral enemy. It would be a main plank of Macedon’s claim to leadership of the Greeks, and to Greek identity, that the kingdom shared this ambition. Darius’ empire was a vast agglomeration of territory which included not only all of present-day Iran, but also the whole of Asia Minor, all of the Levant from the Zagros to the sea, and Egypt.

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