alarm at this, he dispatched Thessalus, the tragic actor, into Caria, to
dispose Pixodorus to slight Arrhidaeus, both as illegitimate and a fool, and
rather to accept of himself for his son-in-law. This proposition was much more
agreeable to Pixodorus than the former. But Philip, as soon as he was made
acquainted with this transaction, went to his son's apartment, taking with him
Philotas, the son of Parmenio, one of Alexander's intimate friends and
companions, and there reproved him severely, and reproached him bitterly, that
he should be so degenerate, and unworthy of the power he was to leave him, as
to desire the alliance of a mean Carian, who was at best but the slave of a
barbarous prince. Nor did this satisfy his resentment, for he wrote to the
Corinthians, to send Thessalus to him in chains, and banished Harpalus,
Nearchus, Erigyius, and Ptolemy, his son's friends and favorites, whom
Alexander afterwards recalled, and raised to great honor and preferment.
Not long after this, Pausanias, having had an outrage done to him at the
instance of Attalus and Cleopatra, when he found he could get no reparation
for his disgrace at Philip's hands, watched his opportunity and murdered him.
The guilt of which fact was laid for the most part upon Olympias, who was said
to have encouraged and exasperated the enraged youth to revenge; and some sort
of suspicion attached even to Alexander himself, who, it was said, when
Pausanias came and complained to him of the injury he had received, repeated
the verse out of Euripides's Medea: --
On husband, and on father, and on bride.
However, he took care to find out and punish the accomplices of the conspiracy
severely, and was very angry with Olympias for treating Cleopatra inhumanly in