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Samarkand and Alexander

Arrian, the biographer of Alexander the Great, says: ... and Alexander said to Samarcanda: “I will conquer you as a lover conquer his lover. I will fill you with luxuries and riches, and your existence will be known all over the world, for your beauty and your treasures.”

And Samarkand responded with silence. Because she knew, that many of her people would die or expelled from her womb, from her entrails. As her children, the pain inflicted on them would be her pain.

Samarkand predicted: “Three times you will have to conquer me, because my children adore me, even more than you. When I remember the years I lived and those I will have to live, the ephemera of your conquests seem to me a too macabre  joke of fate, the gratuitousness of a suffering that will not find in the consolation in the very paradise.”

“I will miss you when you will not be here.”


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