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Hephaestion- Close friend and general in Alexander's army (Dies in Ecbatana, orders him to be mummified and funeral held and overseed by Alexander in Babylon)
Hephaestion, son of Amyntor, was a Macedonian nobleman and a general in the army of Alexander the Great. He was "... by far the dearest of all the king's friends; he had been brought up with Alexander and shared all his secrets." This friendship lasted throughout their lives, and was compared, by others as well as themselves, to that of Achilles and Patroclus.
Alexander_and_Hephaestion Alexander, left, and Hephaestion, right. The Getty Villa Museum. Busts of Alexander the Great and Hephaestion, at the Getty Villa Museum in Malibu, California.
After Alexander traveled to Ecbatana to retrieve the bulk of the Persian treasure, his closest friend, Hephaestion, died of illness or poisoning. Hephaestion's death devastated Alexander, and he ordered the preparation of an expensive funeral pyre in Babylon, as well as a decree for public mourning. Back in Babylon, Alexander planned a series of new campaigns, beginning with an invasion of Arabia, but he would not have a chance to realize them, as he died shortly thereafter.