By William Howell (sometimes spelled Howel)
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The same heathen ritual takes place in the City of the Sun, the name of which was translated literally: Madînat as-Shams. Another passage in the account of the palace of Shoshan or Sûs gives a description of the large silver jars, which were alleged to have a capacity of three hundred and sixty measures of wine. Alexander puts this assertion to the test, having one of the jars filled with wine and poured out for his soldiers during a banquet. This exact specification has been maintained, heedless of the Islamic ban on the use of wine.
Then a man, called Pînâqlêôs in Syriac and described as “an old Macedonian warrior and hero,” raises his voice saying: “O king, doer of good things, Philip thy father ruled over us kindly and firmly, and thou too, O king, hast been likewise good and merciful and kind to us” (139). ’ See Doufikar-Aerts (1999). ” He continues with “your father Fîlîfûs ruled over us with wisdom and compassion. ” Then the soldiers pull their swords to kill themselves. They prefer to die rather than to outlive their king.
They are visited by the Prophet Muhammad, who asks them a series of questions exactly like those which Alexander asked of the Brahmans in the Alexander Romance. 69 The story is plainly derived from a Jewish intermediary and not from Greek, but there is no doubt that it is the Alexander figure who has become transformed into the Prophet. There could be no more substantial tribute to the acceptability of Alexander, and his meaning, in the Islamic world. King and Prophet have become as one. 67 Gesta Romanorum xcvi p.
An Institution of General History (1680) William Howell - Volume Two by William Howell (sometimes spelled Howel)