Alexander's return was not a direct one. While the fleet sailed, Alexander also led part of the army on the coast to explore and collect supplies. In the course of the journey he made some poor decisions, including a difficult march through the desert, which resulted in the deaths of almost a quarter of those who began the journey. Though the blame clearly fell on Alexander's overconfidence, he found suitable scapegoats as usual.Stopping in Persia, Alexander had quite a bit of housekeeping to do. He removed several satraps, executing those whose crimes–usually conspiracy–had been flagrant. His continued desire to unite Persia and Macedonia resulted in a mass marriage, as he paired up eighty of his leading officers with noble Iranian brides.Alexander made two important decrees before he left Susa in 324 B.C. First, there was
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