"There are strong hints that Hephaestion was instrumental in negotiating the reconciliation with Demosthenes, that his influence was decisive in the downfall of Philotas and Parmenion, that he was charged with the implementation of the policy of integration with the Persians and that he spearheaded a programme to deliver control of the army into the hands of the Bodyguards, who were by that time all carefully selected Alexander loyalists. In summary, Hephaestion was no mere minion of the king, nor an ineffectual and lightweight cavalry commander, but rather he should more correctly be recognized as Alexander’s fully empowered Prince-Consort."
— Alexander’s Lovers, Andrew Chugg (via goldandivory)
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