Spitamenes fled with his troops when Alexander's army made for their direction, but the fact remained that Spitamenes controlled most of Sogdiana. Alexander appointed Coenus, one of his generals, to supervise the rebel's activity while the Macedonians rested for the winter of 328 B.C. As Alexander and Coenus were secured more cities, Spitamenes was left without bases and means of provisioning. He therefore decided to round his troops up to make one great assault. Unfortunately for Spitamenes, Coenus was well prepared and defeated the rebels soundly. The Sogdianians deserted Spitamenes, and he was beheaded. Nevertheless, he is often remembered as Alexander's most formidable opponent, having won a major victory over the Macedonians and having harassed them for over two years–though in a full battle he never could have defeated them.
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