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by Nicator
Tue May 17, 2016 11:36 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Amphipolis
Replies: 28
Views: 13509

Re: Amphipolis

system1988 wrote:
Nicator wrote:
Ya know, they have a pill for that now.

Oh, no...
Nicest thing anyone's said to me on this site in years.
by Nicator
Sun May 15, 2016 11:03 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Amphipolis
Replies: 28
Views: 13509

Re: Amphipolis

Paralus wrote:
Paralus wrote:Welcome back Mr Christakes. Nice to have you back after a hiatus.
Seems like I was a little premature. Oh well, it's a male thingy....
Ya know, they have a pill for that now.
by Nicator
Sat May 14, 2016 6:27 pm
Forum: Alexander the Great in the Media
Topic: The Sword of Alexander in the Batman vs Superman film
Replies: 47
Views: 20575

Re: The Sword of Alexander in the Batman vs Superman film

Nicator wrote: Curtius provides detail about the pikes being dropped and short swords being drawn at Issus. And this makes sense, as the purpose of the sarissa was to penetrate the enemy front. After that initial strike, it indeed becomes quite useless. The close quarter fighting would be with the ...
by Nicator
Sat May 14, 2016 4:03 pm
Forum: Alexander the Great in the Media
Topic: The Sword of Alexander in the Batman vs Superman film
Replies: 47
Views: 20575

Re: The Sword of Alexander in the Batman vs Superman film

In general, there is good reason for the length of swords in ATG's era. The quality of the steel available, was still too primitive to produce length with strength. This would come later with the Roman legion's infamous short sword. Spear points, daggers, short swords (shorter and heavier, if memor...
by Nicator
Sat May 14, 2016 3:56 pm
Forum: Alexander the Great in the Media
Topic: The Sword of Alexander in the Batman vs Superman film
Replies: 47
Views: 20575

Re: The Sword of Alexander in the Batman vs Superman film

From Livius.org...note from the battle of Issus (November 333 BCE) Massacre Alexander's victorious right wing now swung left towards the center, hard pressed as it was by Darius' Greeks; they forced them back from the river and then, outflanking the broken enemy left, delivered a flank attack on the...
by Nicator
Sat May 14, 2016 3:36 pm
Forum: Alexander the Great in the Media
Topic: The Sword of Alexander in the Batman vs Superman film
Replies: 47
Views: 20575

Re: The Sword of Alexander in the Batman vs Superman film

Nicator wrote: Curtius provides detail about the pikes being dropped and short swords being drawn at Issus. And this makes sense, as the purpose of the sarissa was to penetrate the enemy front. After that initial strike, it indeed becomes quite useless. The close quarter fighting would be with the ...
by Nicator
Sat May 14, 2016 2:35 pm
Forum: Alexander the Great in the Media
Topic: The Sword of Alexander in the Batman vs Superman film
Replies: 47
Views: 20575

Re: The Sword of Alexander in the Batman vs Superman film

Amyntoros, that quote reminds me just a tad of Homer's epithet for Agamemnon, "a great spear-fighter." Also, somewhere in the literature is a reference not only to the aigis of Athena, but also her spear. Any quick glance at artwork, especially pre-Hellenistic, shows mostly spears with soldiers, no...
by Nicator
Fri May 13, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: Alexander the Great in the Media
Topic: The Sword of Alexander in the Batman vs Superman film
Replies: 47
Views: 20575

Re: The Sword of Alexander in the Batman vs Superman film

In general, there is good reason for the length of swords in ATG's era. The quality of the steel available, was still too primitive to produce length with strength. This would come later with the Roman legion's infamous short sword. Spear points, daggers, short swords (shorter and heavier, if memory...
by Nicator
Fri May 13, 2016 7:56 pm
Forum: Alexander the Great in the Media
Topic: The Sword of Alexander in the Batman vs Superman film
Replies: 47
Views: 20575

Re: The Sword of Alexander in the Batman vs Superman film

Amyntoros, that quote reminds me just a tad of Homer's epithet for Agamemnon, "a great spear-fighter." Also, somewhere in the literature is a reference not only to the aigis of Athena, but also her spear. Any quick glance at artwork, especially pre-Hellenistic, shows mostly spears with soldiers, no...
by Nicator
Fri May 13, 2016 7:53 pm
Forum: Alexander the Great in the Media
Topic: The Sword of Alexander in the Batman vs Superman film
Replies: 47
Views: 20575

Re: The Sword of Alexander in the Batman vs Superman film

If a sword wasn't Alexander's usual weapon, what would he have used in India when he scaled the wall and fought the Mallians until an arrow took him down? I always envisioned him swinging and stabbing with a sword. Would he have used a spear? If memory serves, he slashed and hacked with a sword at ...
by Nicator
Fri May 13, 2016 7:43 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Amphipolis
Replies: 28
Views: 13509

Re: Amphipolis

I really don't think the site benefits by the conspiracy stuff and fail to understand why it is in this thread. Indeed, it is best not to discuss things without having, at least, some knowledge of the mechanisms which drive it. Her commentary exposed something, the significance of which, few have h...
by Nicator
Wed May 11, 2016 4:27 am
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: The Master of Those Who Know Delivers on "The Tyrant"
Replies: 1
Views: 3448

The Master of Those Who Know Delivers on "The Tyrant"

Every once in a while, I come across something from Aristotle which immediately lends itself to Alexander. Sometimes, I'm left wondering, who influenced who? Excerpt from book 5 on The Politics... "He should appear, not harsh, but dignified, and when men meet him they should look upon him with rever...
by Nicator
Wed May 11, 2016 3:17 am
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: MACEDONIAN LEGAL SYSTEM OR LACK THEREOF
Replies: 7
Views: 3171

Re: MACEDONIAN LEGAL SYSTEM OR LACK THEREOF

The story of the advice which Anaxarchus of Abdera gave to Alexander ( Plut. Al. 52 ) has some similarities to and some differences from Herodotus' story of how Cambyses decided whether it was lawful to marry his sister (Hdt. 3.31). I am in the middle of translating something which looks at the pic...
by Nicator
Wed May 11, 2016 3:04 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Amphipolis
Replies: 28
Views: 13509

Re: Amphipolis

Greetings Pothosians. This has turned into a rather interesting thread that could, of itself, go into many tangents. Oddly enough, although Alexander is long dead, his perceived legacy, by those who wish to interpret one, continues in the form of a different groups, like "The Order of Alexander the...
by Nicator
Mon May 09, 2016 2:39 am
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Conspiracy against Philotas By Waldemar Heckel
Replies: 42
Views: 23791

Re: Conspiracy against Philotas By Waldemar Heckel

There's a series of articles about this topic. At the risk of sounding arrogant and citing myself, see the link below. I note it because I cite the academic "conversation" in articles about the Philotas Affair. Waldemar was replying to Badian's, who was responding to Tarn. Rubinsohn write in respon...