Orxines was a Persian noble, descended from Cyrus the Great.[1]

He was present at the Battle of Gaugamela.[1]

He belonged to the Pasargadae.[2]

In 323 BCE, when Alexander the Great returned to Pasargadae, Orxines presented expensive gifts to Alexander and his entourage, but deliberately ignored Alexander's lover, the Persian eunuch Bagoas. When he was told of Alexander's affection for the eunuch, Orxines replied "that he paid his respects to the king’s friends, not his whores, and that it was not the Persian custom to regard as men those who allowed themselves to be sexually used as women." As a result, Bagoas turned Alexander against Orxines, accusing him of stealing from the tomb of Cyrus the Great, and Orxines was executed.[3]


  1. ^ a b CP Mason - Fellow of University College, London (1873). A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, Volume 3. J. Murray, 1873. Retrieved 2015-04-12.
  2. ^ Curtius Rufus, Curtius Rufus, Histories of Alexander the Great, Book 10. Translated by J. C. Yardley Oxford University Press, 12 Mar 2009 ISBN 019156785X [Retrieved 2015-04-13]
  3. ^ The History of Alexander by Quintus Curtius Rufus