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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: 1501

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: 1781

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: 2186

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: 3860

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: 3169

Re: Vergina Lion Hunt painting

In support of my theory that the axeman is Heracles

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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: 5068

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...
by Alexias
Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Alexander the Great in the Media
Topic: Silly picture
Replies: 1
Views: 4436

Silly picture

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from www.etsy.com
by Alexias
Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: 'Off-topic' forum
Topic: The Pharos
Replies: 1
Views: 3518

Re: The Pharos

Hi, thanks for the link. I have moved it to the off-topic forum as it is more about the influence of the Pharos on mediaeval minarets than directly related to Alexander's world.
by Alexias
Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Vergina Lion Hunt painting
Replies: 4
Views: 3169

Re: Vergina Lion Hunt painting

Thanks, Delos. If the axeman really is Heracles, it brings into question the identity of the axeman in the Pella mosaic.

Image.

I'd really like to know more about the Macedonian tradition of Heracles.
by Alexias
Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Vergina Lion Hunt painting
Replies: 4
Views: 3169

Re: Vergina Lion Hunt painting

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Left side of the painting
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Right side of the painting - supposedly the Thracian campaign, the right side representing the north and the left the south.
by Alexias
Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Vergina Lion Hunt painting
Replies: 4
Views: 3169

Vergina Lion Hunt painting

Pauline recently sent me an article by Despina Ignatiadou entitled 'Royal Identities and Political Symbolism in the Vergina Lion-Hunt Painting' https://www.academia.edu/697053/D._Ignatiadou_Royal_identities_and_hidden_symbolism_in_the_Vergina_lion-hunt_painting . The painting from the frieze of the ...
by Alexias
Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: New cult of Alexander
Replies: 2
Views: 1636

Re: New cult of Alexander

Where does the information come from?
by Alexias
Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander's Late Marriages
Replies: 5
Views: 2718

Re: Alexander's Late Marriages

According to Plutarch, Aristobulus says Parmenion encouraged Alexander to hook up with Barsine . I think the Metz Epitome has something about a dead baby in India. Yes, there was an interesting discussion a few years ago where someone proposed that Parmenion had Barsine spy for him on Alexander. Ex...
by Alexias
Sun Jan 26, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: "Hephaestion himself"
Replies: 1
Views: 1878

"Hephaestion himself"

I just wanted to comment in connection with this post by Michael Mann in The Second Achilles https://thesecondachilles.com/2014/10/27/among-the-wounded/ The text commented on is from Arrian about the cavalry engagement after Gaugamela when Alexander was pursuing the fleeing Darius and there was a bo...
by Alexias
Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:03 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander's Late Marriages
Replies: 5
Views: 2718

Re: Alexander's Late Marriages

Hi, Sean. This has been discussed before a long time ago http://www.pothos.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=3625 . It's impossible to know exactly why Alexander didn't marry before leaving for Asia, but given the insecurity he seems to have felt about his position at the time by eliminating all ri...