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by sean_m
Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Xenophon
Replies: 11
Views: 3860

Re: Xenophon

Cross-posted to my site. Are there plans to write a brief obituary and publish it in print somewhere?
by sean_m
Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander sent Afghan soil to his mother?
Replies: 9
Views: 18161

Re: Alexander sent Afghan soil to his mother?

Also, Roel Konijnedrijk caught Steven Pressfield making up a story about Spartan boys having to drink a mouthful of water, run ten miles and spit it out . As Roel says, anyone can read all the ancient sources on Sparta, and that story is not in them: Pressfield just wanted some tough warrior wisdom,...
by sean_m
Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander's Late Marriages
Replies: 5
Views: 2718

Re: Alexander's Late Marriages

I think a 11- to 13-year-old son would have changed things quite a bit, because they were old enough to have agency and almost old enough to be a threat. So any scheming warlord had to act fast: they could not just take possession of them, they would also have to kill them or come to terms within th...
by sean_m
Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander's Late Marriages
Replies: 5
Views: 2718

Re: Alexander's Late Marriages

Thanks Alexias. I put this out there to see if it would start up a conversation, there is the interesting article by Baynham which is the first defence of Alexander in this area I have read. According to Plutarch, Aristobulus says Parmenion encouraged Alexander to hook up with Barsine . I think the ...
by sean_m
Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander's Late Marriages
Replies: 5
Views: 2718

Alexander's Late Marriages

After Alexander had liquidated his immediate rivals, it was not clear who would become king if he died. His brother Philip had some kind of disability that the sources don't want to talk about, and being 18 he had no sons. According to Diodorus 17.16.2, Antipater and Parmenion urged him to marry bef...
by sean_m
Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: Αρχαιολογικόν Δελτίον
Replies: 5
Views: 5726

Re: Αρχαιολογικόν Δελτίον

Thank you Pauline! I tried to thank you at the gmail address you gave me some years ago, but it no longer works for me. You can find my email address on my about page . Unfortunately, most of the people studying early Aegean Greek warfare only use archaeology through broad books written in English ....
by sean_m
Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: Αρχαιολογικόν Δελτίον
Replies: 5
Views: 5726

Re: Αρχαιολογικόν Δελτίον

Thank you Pauline! Greece had not so much money to print nice journals with photographs in 1963. I think I have been swindled and this is the same spear that Minor M. Markle talks about. Do they say anything about the date? Snodgrass thought "early iron age" and Christopher Matthew thought...
by sean_m
Tue Oct 29, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: Αρχαιολογικόν Δελτίον
Replies: 5
Views: 5726

Αρχαιολογικόν Δελτίον

The journal Archaiologikon Deltion has been digitalized and can be downloaded at http://ir.lib.uth.gr/handle/11615/2196?locale-attribute=en Most of the articles are in Modern Greek with some English, French, and German but there are usually abstracts. Sites like Vergina were partially published here...
by sean_m
Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: Callisthenes of Olynthus
Replies: 2
Views: 1967

Callisthenes of Olynthus

I just noticed his full name. The Suda entry for Καλλισθένης says he was from that city, which Philip took by treachery, depopulated, and razed. Is there any dispute about that? That would make him a historian deprived of his country like Thucydides, Xenophon, Sallust, and Josephus ( history is not ...
by sean_m
Sat Oct 19, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Date of Alexander's Birth
Replies: 55
Views: 9836

Re: The Date of Alexander's Birth

We are still waiting for you to provide a spot of evidence that any Greek calendar before 300 relied on calculating the start of the month or had a way to compensate for the king or archon adding and subtracting months or days to taste. (One date in one [s]historian[/s] biographer and moral philoso...
by sean_m
Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Date of Alexander's Birth
Replies: 55
Views: 9836

Re: The Date of Alexander's Birth

You are missing my point: my evidence from actual analysis of actual dates (above) is that Timaeus calculated the New Moon whereas the Babylonians at the same date relied totally on actual observations. Crikey Andrew! The logic, if that is the word, of that argument has more leaps than Track and Fi...
by sean_m
Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Date of Alexander's Birth
Replies: 55
Views: 9836

Re: The Date of Alexander's Birth

You are living in a topsy-turvy world where the mechanical and rule-based Babylonian calendar is "subject to the whim of the moon goddess" (totally different from Selene!) because it relied on observing the start of the lunar month, whereas the abundant evidence for Athenians and Macedonia...
by sean_m
Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Date of Alexander's Birth
Replies: 55
Views: 9836

Re: The Date of Alexander's Birth

Although Greek kings and archons occasionally messed with the calendar it is an interesting testament to Greek sentiment on the importance of an astronomically regulated calendar that people were moved to write about it so that we know it happened: we don't know so much about messing about that hap...
by sean_m
Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Date of Alexander's Birth
Replies: 55
Views: 9836

Re: The Date of Alexander's Birth

The Antikythera mechanism seems to have been a navigational aid. It is a rather strange idea that this technology had its origins in land-locked Babylon. Where is your evidence? Since when did the Babylonians invent clockwork mechanisms? Most people associate Archimedes with the invention of the An...
by sean_m
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Date of Alexander's Birth
Replies: 55
Views: 9836

Re: The Date of Alexander's Birth

Look at the Antikythera mechanism: an absolute marvel! They did not need to rely on observations of last or first crescents to tell when a New Moon happens. You mean the Antikythera Mechanism from the 1st or 2nd century BCE? :shock: After Greek natural philosophers had gobbled down all that Babylon...