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by sean_m
Sat Dec 06, 2014 8:12 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Online Resources on Southwest Asia
Replies: 3
Views: 2183

Online Resources on Southwest Asia

http://www.aakkl.helsinki.fi/melammu/links/linkstexts.php Quite a few things in Alexander's life make more sense once you have studied the lands he conquered, but it can be hard to get a background in the later unless you happen to live close to a university which still has some orientalists. Lots o...
by sean_m
Sat Nov 29, 2014 4:30 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Cleitarchus (and others?) in Diodorus
Replies: 24
Views: 7701

Re: Cleitarchus (and others?) in Diodorus

Yes, he most definitely continued his practice of archons / consuls and, as such, was still using the 'chronicle' or annals of such offices. Unlike other books he uses a source here that did not follow those chronological way points. This was a winter to winter system a la Thucydides. Diodorus' att...
by sean_m
Sat Nov 29, 2014 8:49 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Cleitarchus (and others?) in Diodorus
Replies: 24
Views: 7701

Re: Cleitarchus (and others?) in Diodorus

Book 17 does not have many "in this year ..." notes at the start or end of sections, but other books do, and scholars who read such notes in Tacitus or the received text of Xenophon's Hellenica usually suggest that they came from a chronicle. A well-equipped Hellenistic scholar like Diodo...
by sean_m
Fri Nov 28, 2014 3:11 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Cleitarchus (and others?) in Diodorus
Replies: 24
Views: 7701

Re: Cleitarchus (and others?) in Diodorus

The main trouble is that not just Diodoros, but also Justin/Trogus and even Plutarch fail to retail the story, and they all love scandal and even Arrian who points up homeric parallels ignores this (pace Bosworth he definitely knew Kleitarchos' account and damns him without naming him in several pa...
by sean_m
Thu Nov 27, 2014 5:35 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Cleitarchus (and others?) in Diodorus
Replies: 24
Views: 7701

Re: Cleitarchus (and others?) in Diodorus

Since Diodoros does not give the Homeric drag race at Gaza, it is unlikely this was in Kleitarchos, Diodoros does not shun such fantasies. Nor does the act fit with the picture of a decline into Oriental tyranny after the death of Dareios which is certainly the picture in Metz, Curtius and Justin, ...
by sean_m
Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:29 am
Forum: 'Off-topic' forum
Topic: New Member Welcomes and Introductions
Replies: 7
Views: 3317

Re: Conspiracy against Philotas By Waldemar Heckel

Glad to see you both. With some apprehension, I will try to correct some typos in my last post and see if it is kicked back into moderation.
by sean_m
Mon Nov 24, 2014 6:27 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Cleitarchus (and others?) in Diodorus
Replies: 24
Views: 7701

Re: Cleitarchus (and others?) in Diodorus

No, would be a short answer! But to treat your suggestion with the respect it deserves; no, IMHO, Diodoros does seem to choose a single source for the periods into which he chooses to divide his work, and to a certain extent the boundaries of these sources condition his book boundaries. It would, h...
by sean_m
Sat Nov 22, 2014 9:11 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Cleitarchus (and others?) in Diodorus
Replies: 24
Views: 7701

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

Once you admit that Diodorus could put his own slant on his narrative, and drop in details from his background reading, don't you have to admit that he was writing history from a main source not writing a summary? It is common to write history from a main source, but that is very different from writ...
by sean_m
Fri Nov 21, 2014 4:56 pm
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: Greek horses
Replies: 3
Views: 2816

Re: Greek horses

Yes, a colleague of mine just completed a PhD thesis on the subject. She would be able to say how that horse compared to Greek, steppe, and Median types, but I don't have that skill. It is a big horse! The image of a rider leading a horse with one arm across its withers reminds me of that relief fro...
by sean_m
Fri Nov 21, 2014 4:52 pm
Forum: 'Off-topic' forum
Topic: New Member Welcomes and Introductions
Replies: 7
Views: 3317

Re: Conspiracy against Philotas By Waldemar Heckel

My posting on RAT trailed off over the past three or four years, while I've stumbled across pothos now and then. My own research has taken me further and further from the Roman army, so even if that forum had not changed I am not sure how much I would have to say there! I confess that I have not had...
by sean_m
Mon Nov 17, 2014 6:36 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Conspiracy against Philotas By Waldemar Heckel
Replies: 42
Views: 29367

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...