He was hailed as the deliverer and father of his country, and all manner of distinctions and congratulations were heaped upon him.
To the native Egyptians Alexander appeared as a deliverer from the Persian tyranny, and he sacrificed piously to the gods of Memphis.
It was under the name of al-mandi that Mokhtar proclaimed `Ali's son Mahommed as the opponent of the caliph Abdalmalik, and, according to Shahrastani, the doctrine of the mandi, the hidden deliverer who is one day to appear and fill the oppressed world with righteousness, first arose in connexion with a belief that this Mahommed had not died but lived concealed at Mount Radwa, near Mecca, guarded by a lion and a panther.
He could not profess to be, as the count of Sicily could honestly profess to be, a deliverer to a large part of the people of the land.
Of far more political importance than these fluctuating wars of Stephen suffering friend of the emperor into a national deliverer.