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The difficult siege tested the Macedonians considerably

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The difficult siege tested the Macedonians considerably–and it cost them many men– but their success meant the securing of another major naval base. Alexander returned  the state to Ada, though he would install his own ruler in Caria after her death. Winter  was approaching, a time when battles traditionally ceased. Alexander even sent all  newly married men home on leave, a move that greatly bolstered his popularity. The winter would not be a complete vacation, however. Alexander still had hopes of  reducing the remaining Persian bases along the coastline, so that an assault on its  center could be started in the spring. One particular challenge involved the crossing of  the Climax gorge along the shorter but more challenging seashore route, rendered  impassable when strong southerly winds raised the water level. The winds changed 
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  • Fall '08
  • Murphy
  • Inca, Alexander, naval base. Alexander, newly married men, challenging seashore route, full­scale imperial army, narrow coastal plain.

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