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Unformatted text preview: The difficult siege tested the Macedonians considerablyand 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 direction just before the party reached the Climax, and they were able to pass with little...
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- Fall '08