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: Alexander, if we must fight, do so with stealth. Use your numbers well; we should attack tonight when they least expect us. Alexander
: I didn't cross Asia to steal this victory, Cassander. Cassander
: No, you are too honorable for that, no doubt influenced from sleeping with tales of Troy under your pillow. But your father was no lover of Homer's. Parmenion
: The lands west of the Euphrates, Alexander, and his daughter's hand in marriage! Since when has a Greek ever been given such honors? Alexander
: These are not honors, Parmenion, they're bribes! Which the Greeks have accepted too long! You forget, Parmenion, that the man who murdered my father lies across the valley floor. Parmenion
: Come, Alexander, we're not really sure if it was Persian gold behind the assassination. It is no matter! Your father taught you never to surrender your reason to your passion! I urge you, with all my experience, regroup! Fall back to the coast, raise a larger force! Alexander
: I would, if I were Parmenion. But I am Alexander. And no more than earth has two suns will Asia bear two kings. These are my terms. And if Darius isn't a coward who hides behind his men then he'll come to me tomorrow. And *when* he bows down to Greece, Alexander will be merciful.
: I pray to Apollo you soon realize how far you've turned from your father's path. Alexander
: Damn you Parmenion, by the gods and your Apollo! War was in my father's guts! It wasn't over ripe and reason like yours. Parmenion
: He never lusted for war, Alexander, or enjoyed it so. He consulted his peers in council, among equals! The Macedonian way. He didn't make decisions based on his personal desires. Alexander
: I've taken us further than my father ever dreamed! Old man, we're in knew worlds. Cassander
: Alexander, be reasonable! Were they ever meant to be our equal? Share our rewards? You remember what Aristotle said. An Asian? What would a wedding vow ever mean to a race that has never kept their word to a Greek? Alexander
: [throws Cassander against the wall
] Aristotle be damned! Hephaistion
: Alexander! Alexander
: By Zeus and all the gods, what makes you so much better than them, Cassander? Better than you really are! In you and those like you is this! Hephaistion
] Alexander... Alexander
: What disturbs me most is not your lack of respect for my judgment, but your contempt for a world far older than ours!
: Would you say the love between Achilles and Patroclus is a corrupting one? Aristotle
: When men lie together in lust, it is a surrender to the passions and does nothing for the excellence in us. Nor does any other excess, Cassander, jealousy among them.But when men lie together, and knowledge and virtue are passed between them that is pure and excellent. When they compete to bring out the good, the best in each other this is the love between men that can build a city-state and lift us from our frog pond.