Augustus Honors Alexander

“At that same time, when Augustus looked upon the sarcophagus and body of Alexander the Great which had been removed from its tomb, and had honored it by placing upon it a golden crown and a sprinkling of flowers, he was asked whether he would like to see the tomb of the Ptolemies, he said that he wanted to see a king, not some corpses.”

Per idem tempus conditorium et corpus Magni Alexandri, cum prolatum e penetrali subiecisset oculis, corona aurea imposita ac floribus aspersis veneratus est, consultusque, num et Ptolemaeum inspicere vellet, regem se voluisse ait videre, non mortuos.

Suetonius, Divus Augustus 18

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