The winter would not be a complete vacation

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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  difficulty. This fortunate turn was seen as divine intervention, as if the sea had  withdrawn in deference to Alexander. Soon the first year of the campaign was nearing its  end. All of the Greek cities had been liberated from Persian rule, but the Macedonians  had yet to face a full-scale imperial army.
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