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for themselves, and to dress their arms with wreaths of corn. He found
himself under many temptations to discover to his captains and officers
whom they were to engage with, and not to conceal a secret of such
moment in his own breast alone, yet he kept to his first resolutions,
and ventured to run the hazard of his own judgment.
When he came to give battle, he would not trust any Macedonian to
engage Craterus, but appointed two troops of foreign horse, commanded
by Pharnabazus, son to Artabazus, and Phoenix of Tenedos, with order
to charge as soon as ever they saw the enemy, without giving them
leisure to speak or retire, or receiving any herald or trumpet from
them. For he was exceedingly afraid about his Macedonians, lest, if
they found out Craterus to be there, they should go over to his side.
He himself, with three hundred of his best horse, led the right wing
against Neoptolemus. When having passed a little hill they came in
view, and were seen advancing with more than ordinary briskness, Craterus
was amazed, and bitterly reproached Neoptolemus for deceiving him
with hopes of the Macedonians' revolt, but he encouraged his men to
do bravely, and forthwith charged.
The first engagement was very fierce, and the spears being soon broken
to pieces, they came to close fighting with their swords; and here
Craterus did by no means dishonour Alexander, but slew many of his
enemies and repulsed many assaults, but at last received a wound in
his side from a Thracian, and fell off his horse. Being down, many
not knowing him went past him, but Gorgias, one of Eumenes's captains,
knew him, and alighting from his horse kept guard over him as he lay
badly wounded and slowly dying. In the meantime Neoptolemus and Eumenes
were engaged; who, being inveterate and mortal enemies, sought for
one another, but missed for the two first courses, but in the third
discovering one another, they drew their swords, and with loud shouts
immediately charged. And their horses striking against one another
like two galleys, they quitted their reins, and taking mutual hold
pulled at one another's helmets, and at the armour from their shoulders.
While they were thus struggling, their horses went from under them,
and they fell together to the ground, there again still keeping their
hold and wrestling. Neoptolemus was getting up first, but Eumenes
wounded him in the ham, and got upon his feet before him. Neoptolemus
supporting himself upon one knee, the other leg being disabled, and
himself undermost, fought courageously, though his blows were not
mortal, but receiving a stroke in the neck he fell and ceased to resist.
Eumenes, transported with passion and his inveterate hatred to him,
fell to reviling and stripping him, and perceived not that his sword
was still in his hand. And with this he wounded Eumenes under the
bottom of his corslet in the groin, but in truth more frightened than
hurt him; his blow being faint for want of strength. Having stript
the dead body, ill as he was with the wounds he had received in his
legs and arms, he took horse again, and hurried towards the left wing
of his army, which he supposed to be still engaged. Hearing of the
death of Craterus, he rode up to him, and finding there was yet some
life in him, alighted from his horse and wept, and laying his right
hand upon him, inveighed bitterly against Neoptolemus, and lamented
both Craterus's misfortune and his own hard fate, that he should be
necessitated to engage against an old friend and acquaintance, and
either do or suffer so much mischief.
This victory Eumenes obtained about ten days after the former, and
got great reputation alike for his conduct and his valour in achieving
it. But, on the other hand, it created him great envy both among his
own troops and his enemies that he, a stranger and a foreigner, should
employ the forces and arms of Macedon to cut off the bravest and most
approved man among them. Had the news of this defeat come timely enough
to Perdiccas, he had doubtless been the greatest of all the Macedonians;
but now, he being slain in a mutiny in Egypt, two days before the
news arrived, the Macedonians in a rage decreed Eumenes's death, giving
joint commission to Antigonus and Antipater to prosecute the war against
him.

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