Through his great-uncle' s influence, he was later appointed to attend Alexander the Great on his Asiatic expedition as a professional historian. During the first years of Alexander' s campaign in Asia, Callisthenes showered praises upon the Macedonian conqueror. He was the son of Hero and Proxenus of Atarneus, which made him the great nephew of Aristotle by his sister Arimneste. High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Callisthenes of Olynthus ( ca. 360-328 BC) was a Greek historian. As the king and army penetrated further into Asia, however, Callisthenes' tone began to change. He began to sharply criticize Alexander' s adoption of oriental customs, with special scorn for Alexander' s growing desire that those who presented themselves before him perform the servile ceremony of proskynesis. Having thereby greatly offended the king, Callisthenes was accused of being privy to a treasonable conspiracy and thrown into prison, where he died from torture or disease. They first met when Aristotle tutored Alexander the Great.
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