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by Alexias
Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Hephaiston's death
Replies: 10
Views: 3879

Re: Hephaiston's death

I wonder if Alexander executed the doctor because he gave Hephaestion an emetic, which might have had a catastrophic effect.
by Alexias
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: Alexander the Great visits the studio of Apelles
Replies: 2
Views: 38

Re: Alexander the Great visits the studio of Apelles

Hi, Alexander is bottom left. Could you please put a link to where you got the photo from so that anyone interested can read more. Thanks.
by Alexias
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: apocryphal 10 men over the cliff
Replies: 5
Views: 92

Re: apocryphal 10 men over the cliff

I found this here https://www.family-times.net/illustrati ... er/202700/ The King Surrendered to Alexander The Great The story is told of Alexander the Great, King of Macedonia (336-323) and conqueror of Asia Minor, Syria, Egypt, Babylonia, and Persia, almost all of the known world. One day Alexande...
by Alexias
Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: apocryphal 10 men over the cliff
Replies: 5
Views: 92

Re: apocryphal 10 men over the cliff

Good grief, I've not heard that one. Sounds highly unlikely to me and it is not mentioned in any of the major sources, or everyone would be all over it as proof of Alexander's megalomania and insanity. Yes his men were highly disciplined but he wasn't an idiot. Sounds purely apocryphal to me but whe...
by Alexias
Sat Jun 13, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: Demosthenes by Ian Worthington and buddies
Replies: 7
Views: 153

Re: Demosthenes by Ian Worthington and buddies

Thank you, Dean for your earlier digest. I think to say that Aristion went to stay with Hephaestion is stretching the truth a little. He may have hung around the court a bit but that does not mean he was in close contact with Hephaestion. Heckel's 'Who's Who' says: Aristion. Son of Aristobulus.108 Y...
by Alexias
Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Hephaiston's death
Replies: 10
Views: 3879

Re: Hephaiston's death

Hi, and welcome. The biggest arguments against Hephaestion having been poisoned are 1/ no one suspected poison at the time and 2/ he was recovering before he died. His symptoms are those of typhoid and he was recovering before he disobeyed his doctor's orders and ate a solid meal. Typhoid weakens th...
by Alexias
Sun May 31, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: Demosthenes by Ian Worthington and buddies
Replies: 7
Views: 153

Re: Demosthenes by Ian Worthington and buddies

Thanks for this. Does the book make it clear what happened to Demosthenes' career after Alexander became king? I was always a bit hazy on what his influence was while Alexander was in Asia.
by Alexias
Thu Apr 23, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: 'Off-topic' forum
Topic: Crete .FotoS by G. Kamilakis
Replies: 2
Views: 1060

Re: Crete .FotoS by G. Kamilakis

Thanks for these. I recently read Zorba The Greek which is set on Crete. I didn't quite know what to make of the book.
by Alexias
Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: Philip II of Macedonia Ian Worthington
Replies: 1
Views: 1032

Re: Philip II of Macedonia Ian Worthington

Don't think I've read this. I must give it a try. My go-to book for Philip though is Philip of Macedon by Nicholas Hammond. I found it really likeable.
by Alexias
Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Diogenes and a misnomer
Replies: 2
Views: 1227

Re: Diogenes and a misnomer

Guess he envied Diogenes perceived freedom from all obligation. You reckon? I'd always thought it was a sort of publicity answer to show he wasn't offended by Diogenes' frankness and that he admired his guts for not trying to flatter Alexander who, at this point, probably had everyone falling over ...
by Alexias
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: The Diadochi
Topic: "Bloody Tourists": Pyrrhus and Mediterranean Tours of Martial Opportunity
Replies: 7
Views: 925

Re: "If we are victorious in one more battle with the Romans, we shall be utterly ruined”: Pyrrhos the Eagle, a view.

Thanks for that, most interesting. The troop numbers, if to be believed, are staggering. Alexander has been accused of so reducing the manpower of Macedonia that they were easy meat for the Romans 150 yeas later, but this is nearly a generation later. The wars of the Successors must have been far mo...
by Alexias
Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Xenophon
Replies: 11
Views: 1250

Re: Xenophon

Hi Michael, Thanks for letting us know. That is very sad and he will be missed. I was aware he wasn't well last year but I'm very sorry to hear things didn't improve. All we can say is that in Alexander terms, he will leave a large reputation behind him. May he rest in peace. I've moved this to the ...
by Alexias
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Vergina Lion Hunt painting
Replies: 4
Views: 2337

Re: Vergina Lion Hunt painting

In support of my theory that the axeman is Heracles

heracles.jpg
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A Grand Tour intaglio from the 1820s https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/7637376 ... _active_63

Depicting a young Heracles
by Alexias
Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: Head of an athlete
Replies: 0
Views: 2659

Head of an athlete

41976-01 copy.jpg An interesting head for sale http://www.artancient.com/antiquities-for-sale/collections/decorative-works-of-art-for-sale/ancient-greek-hellenistic-marble-head-of-an-athlete.html . It has all the 'Alexander' attributes of the period - deep-set eyes, small full mouth, prominent brow...