Alexander used religion in two ways to inspire loyalty among his followers and the people he conquered. First, he honored the Egyptian and Persian gods. He treated them as equal to the Greek gods. He visited oracles sites, made sacrifices, and had temples built in their honor. He even visited the Egyptian god Ammon's oracle, where he was then declared God's son. This gained the Egyptians loyalty. Second he encouraged people to believe he was Zeus's son. Even though Alexander was sincere in his religious beliefs, no one knew if he really honored them.