went on his expedition against the Byzantines, he left Alexander, then sixteen
years old, his lieutenant in Macedonia, committing the charge of his seal to
him; who, not to sit idle, reduced the rebellious Maedi, and having taken
their chief town by storm, drove out the barbarous inhabitants, and planting a
colony of several nations in their room, called the place after his own name,
Alexandropolis. At the battle of Chaeronea, which his father fought against
the Greeks, he is said to have been the first man that charged the Thebans'
sacred band. And even in my remembrance, there stood an old oak near the river
Cephisus, which people called Alexander's oak, because his tent was pitched
under it. And not far off are to be seen the graves of the Macedonians who
fell in that battle. This early bravery made Philip so fond of him, that
nothing pleased him more than to hear his subjects call himself their general
and Alexander their king.