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by sean_m
Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: The Diadochi
Topic: Battle of Magnesia
Replies: 55
Views: 32231

Re: Battle of Magnesia

Rolf Strootman has a theory that this might have something to do with Antiochus adopting the Greek title basileus megas and a decision to re-organize the outer parts of the empire as a network of tributary kings rather than governors ... I am not sure that I follow all the details (there are signs t...
by sean_m
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: The Diadochi
Topic: Battle of Magnesia
Replies: 55
Views: 32231

Re: Battle of Magnesia

Also, I come at this as an Achaemenid historian, and the Achaemenids never acknowledged the loss of Egypt any more than the Chinese Communist Party acknowledges that they do not control Taiwan. They (or their governors) signed treaties about the cities upon the sea with Athens, but that was not any ...
by sean_m
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: The Diadochi
Topic: Battle of Magnesia
Replies: 55
Views: 32231

Re: Battle of Magnesia

It is also frustrating because this seems to be the time when trade between China and the west around the Taklamakan Desert was just opening up. There is no trace in the Achaemenid period, although the graves at Pazyryk have goods from China and goods from the King's lands, and then by the second ce...
by sean_m
Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: The Diadochi
Topic: Battle of Magnesia
Replies: 55
Views: 32231

Re: Battle of Magnesia

During the Ionian War in the time of Darius II. It was in an otherwise good book too, but whenever I try to borrow it to search for the phrase I am looking for it is out. Anyways, needing a new model navy explains why he attracted military consultants like Hannibal, and it makes the picture of him a...
by sean_m
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: The Diadochi
Topic: Battle of Magnesia
Replies: 55
Views: 32231

Re: Battle of Magnesia

As I flip through Polybius and Michael Taylor's life of Antiochos, I am struck by how moderately he handled his anabasis to the upper satrapies. He was ruthless in liquidating Molon and Achaeus, and must have hoped to conquer Bactria, but when Fortune turned against him he entered into negotiations,...
by sean_m
Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Book reviews
Topic: The Persian Empire A History by Lindsay Allen
Replies: 7
Views: 11370

Re: The Persian Empire A History by Lindsay Allen

You are welcome Alexias! I do not know the sources on the Bagoas who was very close to Alexander well, but she might also have been thinking of stories in Herodotus and the book of Esther about the Persians taking young men and women to become eunuchs and concubines. I would like to read some of Mar...
by sean_m
Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Book reviews
Topic: The Persian Empire A History by Lindsay Allen
Replies: 7
Views: 11370

Re: The Persian Empire A History by Lindsay Allen

Very interesting, thank you, Sean. Do you know how many of these court officials were likely to have been slaves, maybe the more menial roles? Would Persian slaves have had the opportunity to buy their freedom? Hi Alexias, I can not think of any texts which refer to ša rēsi with terme like ardu &qu...
by sean_m
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Book reviews
Topic: The Persian Empire A History by Lindsay Allen
Replies: 7
Views: 11370

Re: The Persian Empire A History by Lindsay Allen

Terminology and misunderstandings related to Greek (mis)assumptions about ANE courts are notorious. "Cup Bearer" was actually a *military* title at the Assyrian court. That's just one example. And I still think Bagoas has been anachronistically elevated as a result of Mary Renault, and th...
by sean_m
Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Book reviews
Topic: The Persian Empire A History by Lindsay Allen
Replies: 7
Views: 11370

Re: The Persian Empire A History by Lindsay Allen

This isn't a detailed history but it provides a very useful overview of the Persian Empire and how the successive powers in the area, Assyrians, Medes, Persians, Parthians, down to the Sassanids (3rd-7th century AD), took over the various sites and used the prestige and religious significance of th...
by sean_m
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Amphipolis article
Replies: 6
Views: 2513

Re: Amphipolis article

First of all a big thanks to Alexias for posting this article. I was away from a stable internet conection for a while. It is clear that this frieze is very important for us to better understand who was/were burried in the tomb and all thiswill properly show once its restoration is complete. There ...
by sean_m
Sat Jun 23, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Forthcoming Conference on Philip and Alexander in Edmonton
Replies: 14
Views: 6428

Re: Forthcoming Conference on Philip and Alexander in Edmonton

I have finally finished my conference report at https://bookandsword.com/2018/06/23/mon ... macedonia/ "I don't always blog about Alexander, but when I do there is Pothos."
by sean_m
Thu May 10, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Bessos, Alexander, and deep Persia
Replies: 3
Views: 1756

Re: Bessos, Alexander, and deep Persia

If you are thinking of Alexander capturing Darius, what would have happened next is hard to say. I suspect that some of the more distant governors would have rejected both of them unless it was clear that Alexander was about to arrive at their gate with an army. After all, Darius' claim to the thron...
by sean_m
Sat May 05, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Bessos, Alexander, and deep Persia
Replies: 3
Views: 1756

Re: Bessos, Alexander, and deep Persia

Hi Susa, as best as I can recall, Persian officials above the governors of individual cities never showed an inclination to go over to Alexander until his army was about to arrive. If he wanted to rule the world, he had to march around it, performing ceremonies to the local gods at all the boundarie...
by sean_m
Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: 'Off-topic' forum
Topic: Book ' The Persians"
Replies: 3
Views: 1425

Re: Book ' The Persians"

Interesting! Geoffrey Parker is a very distinguished historian of 16th and 17th century warfare, and one of the key scholars who popularized the Western Way of War theory. Historians and writers' spouses often have more to do with their works than many of them would like to admit! An English-languag...
by sean_m
Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander's impact on Jordan
Replies: 2
Views: 1385

Re: Alexander's impact on Jordan

Also, later on in Hellenistic times you get the Nabatean settlement at Humayma ... that is the site in Jordan which I know best. I do not know much from the 3rd or 2nd century BCE sorry!