“Apud Macedonas quoque cum forte panem quidam militum
frangerent, manantis sanguinis guttas notaverunt, territoque
rege Aristander peritissimus vatum, si extrinsecus cruor fluxisset,
Macedonibus id triste futurum ait: contra, cum ab interiore
parte manaverat, urbi, quam obsidere destinassent, exitium
(Quinti Curti Rufi, Historiae Alexandri Magni, Vol. 4).
“Also amongst the Macedonians, when some of the soldiers happened to break bread, they noticed droplets of blood trickling out, and when the king was alerted, Aristander, the most skilled amongst the seers, declared that had the blood flown from without, it would have been an unfavorable omen for the Macedonians; in contrast, however, since it had flown from the inside, it foretold the destruction of the city which they had determined to besiege.” [Translation by A. Fürstner]6