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Source 1: Alexander by Plutarch, trans. J. Dryden, http://classics.mit.edu/Plutarch/alexandr.

html, accessed on
Dec. 05, 2011:

“The night before the consummation of their marriage, she dreamed that a thunderbolt fell upon
her body, which kindled a great fire, whose divided flames dispersed themselves all about, and
then were extinguished. And Philip, some time after he was married, dreamt that he sealed up his
wife's body with a seal, whose impression, as be fancied, was the figure of a lion. Some of the
diviners interpreted this as a warning to Philip to look narrowly to his wife; but Aristander of
Telmessus, considering how unusual it was to seal up anything that was empty, assured him the
meaning of his dream was that the queen was with child of a boy, who would one day prove as
stout and courageous as a lion. Once, moreover, a serpent was found lying by Olympias as she
slept. …

Philip, after this vision, sent Chaeron of Megalopolis to consult the oracle of Apollo at Delphi,
by which he was commanded to perform sacrifice, and henceforth pay particular honour, above
all other gods, to Ammon [an Egyptian god]; and was told he should one day lose that eye with
which he presumed to peep through that chink of the door, when he saw the god, under the form
of a serpent, in the company of his wife. Eratosthenes says that Olympias, when she attended
Alexander on his way to the army in his first expedition, told him the secret of his birth, and bade
him behave himself with courage suitable to his divine extraction.”

Source 2: Marino Barlezio (1506), De vita, moribus ac rebus praecipue adversus turcas gestis
Georgii Castrioti…, Venice, p. 5.

Free Translation: “Legend has it that the day before she conceived her mother saw a dream: she
was to deliver a great snake, whose body would entirely cover Epirus and would turn in the
borders of the Turks and would devour them by way of revenge, while its tail ended at the
seashore to the Christian regions and to the Venetian empire…”

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