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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 39 | volume VII | November-December, 2004



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Blesok no. 39November-December, 2004
Prose

Alexander and the Death

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Slobodan Micković

    Alexander died. Alexander is dead.
    He was ill the whole spring. He stayed long in the mountains, as if he was busy there, as if his stay there was most necessary. He postponed his arrival to Babylon as much as he could. He was ill, I know that, because I was by his side all the time, but he did not want it to be seen, to be found out. He was hiding his weakness, his falls that were more and more frequent. He was hiding them from me, and I think, from himself as well. He did not know how to be ill. A man who does not know how to be ill, does not know how to live either. His life was torn and devastated in the last months as well. He would start one thing and another. For several days he could only think of the construction of the new fleet, the new conquest towards the spacious Arabia, and then he would change his mind. He was only concerned about the taxes, and he would leave this always hard and laborious work as well, angry and dissatisfied with the smaller and smaller inflow of gold, money, precious stones to the royal treasury and he would start creating the new Macedonian-Persian phalange with this piled anger. Even this was not going on according to his plans and ideas because the Macedonians would not mix with Persians. The Persians, as they looked at everything from some heights, also entered the phalange as if they had to honor someone, which was imposed to them and therefore difficult. His anger was also stirred by their constant extortion of better places in the phalange, their sometimes covered, sometimes open blackmails that the Persian officers have more regiments, that they take the positions in the headquarter from which one can see more and do more in all army matters. The situation was the same in the supplies, money, weapons. When he would choke on the anger that these worries brought, he would start cracking on the rebellions in some satraps. The rebellions were most of the time invisible, but they existed as the rennet in the milk – it is little, it is invisible, but it works from within, spoils and changes. Then he would start eating himself up about the mint where the gold that entered did not produce  as much money as it






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