Alexander sbirth. The temple of Ephesus is burnt the same day. The happy natural inclinations of that prince. Aristotle is appointed his preceptor, who inspires him with a surprising taste for learning. He breaks Bucephalus. A.M. 3648. ALEXANDER was born in the first year A nt. J. c. 356. of the 106th Olympiad The very day he came into the world, the celebrated temple of Diana at Ephesus was burnt. It is well known that this temple was one of the seven wonders of the world. It had been built in the name and at the expense of all Asia Minor. A great number of yearsb were employed in building it. I ts length was 425 feet, and its breadth 220. It was supported by 127 columns, threescore feet high, which as many kings0 had caused to be wrought at a great expense, and by the most excellent artists, who endeavoured to excel one another on this occasion. The rest of the temple corresponded in magnificence with these columns. Hegesiasd of Magnesia, according to Plutarch, says, That it was no ivonder the temple was burned, because Diana was that day employed at the delivery of Olympias, to facilitate the birth of A lexander: a reflection, says our author, so very cold that it might have extina Plin. 1. xxxvi. c. 14. b Pliny says 220 years, which is not probable. c Anciently almost every city was governed by its particular king. d Plut. in A lex. p. 665. e Hewas an historian, and lived in the time of Ptolemy son of Lagus. f Ido not know whether Plutarch sreflection be not still colder. VOL. V. (Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)
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