In 328 BC Alexander gave the satrapy of Bactria to Cleitus. The night before he was to set out to take possession of his government, Alexander organised a banquet in his honour. However, an angry brawl erupted at the banquet. Alexander announced that Cleitus was to take an army and fight the steppe nomads in Central Asia. Cleitus was less than thrilled, and said so. Alexander threw an apple at Cleitus's head and called for a dagger. Efforts to separate the two friends were futile, and insults flew between them, until Alexander grabbed a javelin and killed Cleitus on the spot.