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by Taphoi
Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:39 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 383127

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

So it seems we have found that centaurs might wear diagonal straps, but only as harnesses when they are drawing carriages. But if those were centaurs in the frieze, there is no way they could be pulling carriages, so the examples found themselves militate against the possibility that there are centa...
by Taphoi
Sat Apr 09, 2016 11:03 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 383127

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

Here is the Taranto Maenad - a Hellenistic (dated to roughly 3rd century BC) terracotta statuette in a similar pose, with a similar hairstyle, a similar diagonal chest strap and similar (but slightly hitched up by her hand) dress to the woman in the Amphipolis Tomb frieze. There are plenty of other ...
by Taphoi
Fri Apr 08, 2016 12:36 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 383127

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

Problem is, as portrayed in your drawing, the woman is not ancient Greek. "Fairly tight fitting" is not ever a description one would use to describe any woman's garment of the period. She could be Louise Brooks from the rear, however ... And, quite frankly, those hips and rear end are wor...
by Taphoi
Thu Apr 07, 2016 8:36 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 383127

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

...You want a big wreath on a string which looks like a crescent. Try again please. No, it is annular - it only looks like a crescent because it goes behind the bull's neck in the image: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YL3iDHA93d0/UotpU-HexQI/AAAAAAAAAKc/tBd-0yRhpeE/s1600/800px-Stockholm_-_Antikengalerie...
by Taphoi
Wed Apr 06, 2016 6:14 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: A terrible loss - Agesilaos; Karl
Replies: 22
Views: 9370

Re: A terrible loss - Agesilaos; Karl

I am genuinely deeply sorry about that. Despite our somewhat adversarial relationship through this forum, he was actually very good at pointing out holes that needed plugging in theories.

Requiescat in pace
by Taphoi
Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:29 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 383127

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

Could you find me a bull with a similar garland then, if it's not unusual? Because it's the darndest stemma I've seen hanging like a big crescent on a bull's chest, perspective free and without going over head, horns nor shoulders. And you've certainly shown me to be absolutely correct in the examp...
by Taphoi
Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:19 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 383127

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

The bull is not Dionysus nor any god (if it were a god, it would be Poseidon, since this scene is clearly connected with the sea). The reason is that it would be impious to depict a god garlanded for sacrifice and even Corso agrees that the bull is garlanded now. Look at bulls in clear sacrificial ...
by Taphoi
Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:05 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 383127

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

The woman on the right side of the bull is as shown in the images below. Note the huge hips - not appropriate for a man, unless an Amarna king! She is not facing towards us, but away from us and her face is three-quarters averted and glancing slightly towards the bull. She is not scantily clad, but ...
by Taphoi
Mon Apr 04, 2016 6:25 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 383127

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

Samothrace was probably not under Antigonid rule until Gonatas, prior to that it was part of Lysimachos' satrapy and he hated Demetrios. Whilst some works of art are shown on coins, the cult statue of Baal on Alexander's tetradrachms, many are simply allegorical. We know for certainn that the Nike ...
by Taphoi
Mon Apr 04, 2016 12:29 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 383127

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

The Neorion at Samothrace was built by Antigonos Gonatas to celebrate his victory at Kos, it would seem, the third century was an era of competitive building there between the Ptolemies and the Antigonids commencing with the Arseneion (no earlier than 288 and probably post 280 BC) if the frieze is ...
by Taphoi
Sun Apr 03, 2016 11:52 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 383127

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

A side note about he bull on the frieze is that that this frieze component was the one above the door entering the burial chamber, the bull was in the center above the door, so one may consider that the bull represent (one of?) the heroized persons worshipped there. In various discussions I have re...
by Taphoi
Sun Apr 03, 2016 11:05 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 383127

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

Regarding Zebedee’s comment: I have not suggested that the Amphipolis Tomb was a cult site for the Cabeiri. I have suggested that it was the tomb of an initiate of the Mysteries of Samothrace – specifically one who met her future husband there, by whom she bore a king who went on to conquer much of...
by Taphoi
Sun Apr 03, 2016 10:10 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 383127

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

Regarding Zebedee’s comment: I have not suggested that the Amphipolis Tomb was a cult site for the Cabeiri. I have suggested that it was the tomb of an initiate of the Mysteries of Samothrace – specifically one who met her future husband there, by whom she bore a king who went on to conquer much of ...
by Taphoi
Sat Apr 02, 2016 9:58 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 383127

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

Oh dear, there is nothing wrong with Oxford’s data, which is why when it is used correctly you get the same result as the calibration programme and curve IntCal 13, why you think it is useful to map results on IntCal 04 (two versions removed from the current standard) I can only assume stems from s...
by Taphoi
Sat Apr 02, 2016 5:25 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 383127

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis

Since there were some discussions about the fireze, there is also this from twitter: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ce5aX10XIAEJqRx.jpg:large Which does not disagree with what the archaeologists say - i.e. the winged creature in the part of the frieze appears to be sitting on a boat. The coin is from ...