‘We’ll say Goodbye in Babylon’
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In Carmania Craterus and the veterans met up with Alexander, and the natives gave them much food and wine. The Macedonians made up for the conditions of the Gedrosian Desert in their consumption of wine. For seven days, the army marched west through Carmania in a state of total intoxication. Alexander dressed as Dionysus and was pulled on a platform above his carriage by eight horses, all the time dancing and drinking. Some of his Companions were with him. The rest, as well as the senior members of his staff, were pulled on platforms behind him. The men with their womenfolk and other hangers-on marched behind, or rather staggered, because everyone drank continuously. When they were not drinking, they were playing music, singing or having sex. Recovery time after the wild drunken romp through Carmania must have been considerable, but who could blame them after the horrors of their desert march?