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by Nicator
Sat Apr 30, 2016 4:41 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Conspiracy against Philotas By Waldemar Heckel
Replies: 42
Views: 28211

Re: Conspiracy against Philotas By Waldemar Heckel

I was reading this thread, as this issue has always fascinated me. In the end, histories, theories aside Alexander ran an army. That required rules and the application of discipline else, well, we all know what happens when insubordination occurs... Philotas, a very highly ranked officer, a general...
by Nicator
Sat Apr 30, 2016 4:03 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: A terrible loss - Agesilaos; Karl
Replies: 22
Views: 8854

Re: A terrible loss - Agesilaos; Karl

Though I haven't been able to keep up with the goings on here on pothos.org, as often as I'd like...this is truly sad news. I've been fortunate enough to banter back and forth with Agesilaos through the years and gain from his candor and wisdom. When this entire forum seemed against me on the sillie...
by Nicator
Tue Apr 01, 2014 4:54 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Conspiracy against Philotas By Waldemar Heckel
Replies: 42
Views: 28211

Re: Conspiracy against Philotas By Waldemar Heckel

Cleitus sort of went a little further than you'd suggest with that extended hand and the comments about Alexander's pretense toward being deemed a god. But the belittling of Philip was perhaps one of the more interesting bits that came out here. And that this strange condescension against his own f...
by Nicator
Mon Mar 31, 2014 1:25 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Conspiracy against Philotas By Waldemar Heckel
Replies: 42
Views: 28211

Re: Conspiracy against Philotas By Waldemar Heckel

Loyalty would still have counted, had he been disloyal, or even suspected, Kleitos could have gone the way of Parmenion and Philotas; though, just maybe the fact that he was Philotas' natural replacement ensured that he was of a totally different Court Faction, the Antipatrids' perhaps since his mu...
by Nicator
Sun Mar 30, 2014 4:19 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Conspiracy against Philotas By Waldemar Heckel
Replies: 42
Views: 28211

Re: Conspiracy against Philotas By Waldemar Heckel

It should also be remembered that Kleitos was the ilarch of the senior squadron, the ile basilike, making him next in rank to Philotas and his most likely successor; it is frequently said that his appointment was a sop to the Old Guard but it seems more likely that Hephaistion's was intended to mit...
by Nicator
Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:22 am
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Conspiracy against Philotas By Waldemar Heckel
Replies: 42
Views: 28211

Re: Conspiracy against Philotas By Waldemar Heckel

A few years older and already working with his father and Philip. The interesting aspect of this conjecture is that Philotas would have had already some expertise and perhaps specialism in militaristic matters but without a formal education. Thus, groomed for military life solely and completely whi...
by Nicator
Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:04 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Parmenion, Paeonian chief?
Replies: 16
Views: 7796

Re: Parmenion, Paeonian chief?

I did not think his book brought anything new to the table, but then I 'm a jaded old sod and like many, I think that straight biography has run its course and that the future is in more detailed essays (though one must immediately add that just being an essay does not mean that it is superior to t...
by Nicator
Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:22 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Parmenion, Paeonian chief?
Replies: 16
Views: 7796

Re: Parmenion, Paeonian chief?

It was a by-product of Stone's film, alot of crud was thrown out on the back of that publicity, much of it striving for a 'new take' and generally falling short. One day I will get round to reviewing all the books I have, but at the moment I have to answer a couple of threads, Xenophon, be warned :...
by Nicator
Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:47 am
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Conspiracy against Philotas By Waldemar Heckel
Replies: 42
Views: 28211

Re: Conspiracy against Philotas By Waldemar Heckel

Does anybody know whether or not Philotas, or any of Parmenion's sons, were taught at Mieza by Aristotle? As far as I recall, without running upstairs to my library, we have no certain identification of any of the students with Alexander at Mieza. We can make a few assumptions, based on comments ab...
by Nicator
Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:42 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Conspiracy against Philotas By Waldemar Heckel
Replies: 42
Views: 28211

Re: Conspiracy against Philotas By Waldemar Heckel

And also after rereading your post again, and thinking about the last question that you raise, is that Alexander did hear the so called confession that Philotas made after a torture that made him say anything...the problem with his giving in to torture goes against the heroic stature of Hermias of ...
by Nicator
Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:11 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: A Question about Memnon, Strategos of Thrace
Replies: 6
Views: 4033

Re: A Question about Memnon, Strategos of Thrace

Ok then, that about settles it and my curiosity has been appeased. I'll put the whole thing back to where I had it originally (between Siwa and Guagamela). What did you think of Justin's comments regarding Alexander's 'not caring about the loss of the 30,000 men as much as being happy that Alexander...
by Nicator
Mon Feb 24, 2014 3:49 am
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: A Question about Memnon, Strategos of Thrace
Replies: 6
Views: 4033

Re: A Question about Memnon, Strategos of Thrace

The white paper, authored by Ionnis K. Xydopoulos, cites Diodorus, Justin, and Curitus. Heckel also cites Diodorus, Justin, and Curtius. Neither author aligns the date to the incident precisely. But both seem to claim 325 from either Curtius or Berve. Being that Berve is not considered a primary sou...
by Nicator
Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:19 am
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: A Question about Memnon, Strategos of Thrace
Replies: 6
Views: 4033

Re: A Question about Memnon, Strategos of Thrace

This is excellent commentary which led me to a few areas I had not been aware of. Heckel's prosopography indicates that Memnon was a Macedonian who conducted a rebellion against his own country (Macedon) in Thrace. And that he was succeeded by the Macedonian Zopyrion who was defeated by a combinatio...
by Nicator
Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:32 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Arrian's 'Darters' and 'Targeteers' ??
Replies: 6
Views: 4009

Re: Arrian's 'Darters' and 'Targeteers' ??

I presently have them written as 'skirmishers' and may leave it at that with a footnote. Thanks for the info. :lol: With all reservations and thanks in advance for this but who is Christakis whose words you quote? Is he a writer? I could not find him anywhere. That would be me. The quote is an exce...
by Nicator
Tue Feb 18, 2014 8:12 am
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: A Question about Memnon, Strategos of Thrace
Replies: 6
Views: 4033

A Question about Memnon, Strategos of Thrace

Was the Memnon, Strategos of Thrace, which Antipater had to deal with before tackling Agis, working for Macedon and bungling a Thracian campaign or was he a Thracian rebel leading a revolt against Macedon?