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by dean
Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Hephaestion
Replies: 27
Views: 8953

Re: Hephaestion

Hi, This thread reminds me of the moment Sisygambis awkwardly mistakes Hephaestion for Alexander and Alexander tells her not to worry that he too is Alexander almost as if he is saying that Hephaestion is figuratively speaking an alter ego of kinds. Wasn't really quite sure how to interpret this phr...
by dean
Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Alexander the Great in the Media
Topic: Fire from Heaven
Replies: 5
Views: 1002

Re: Fire from Heaven

Hi, Yes Hephaestion comes across as Alexander's number one fan but little depth is given. Today I finished reading the book and was amazed to find how little I had remembered of how it ended, other than Renault's wonderful "way with words" in the closing paragraph. Whether conscious or not, I guess ...
by dean
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Alexander the Great in the Media
Topic: Fire from Heaven
Replies: 5
Views: 1002

Re: Fire from Heaven

Hi, Couldn't resist looking a little for the detail about "earth and water" and in a way it is linked to Alexander or at least his ancestors as Persian emissaries according to Herodotus visited Amyntas I of Macedon and demanded these two things as a sign of vassalage. And in book 7 of Herodotus we f...
by dean
Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Alexander the Great in the Media
Topic: Fire from Heaven
Replies: 5
Views: 1002

Fire from Heaven

Hi, Just started rereading Mary Renault's wonderful classic a few days back and this will be probably be my third or fourth visit to this book. First the book is a wonderful novel written by someone who certainly can write. Just about 50 pages in and already picked up on several similarities between...
by dean
Wed Jul 06, 2016 3:32 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: A terrible loss - Agesilaos; Karl
Replies: 22
Views: 7688

Re: A terrible loss - Agesilaos; Karl

Hi, I don't get chance to look on the boards as often as I would like but nevertheless see them from time to time and was very sad to read about Karl's passing away. One thing that I was first most impressed by with Karl was his academic knowledge and also his posts were SO WELL WRITTEN. (many of wh...
by dean
Sat Sep 01, 2012 2:23 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: GRBS article
Replies: 42
Views: 15676

Re: GRBS article

Thanks Taphoi for the clarification on the source material. :) I had understood things completely the wrong way round- by thinking that Ptolemy if anything would have wanted, as a tribute to his wife, give her lasting fame as histories greatest "firebug" of all time! It seems moreoever that he actua...
by dean
Sat Sep 01, 2012 1:28 am
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: GRBS article
Replies: 42
Views: 15676

Re: GRBS article

Hi, I think that the article raises an interesting issue- certainly bearing in mind the torching would be seen as a culmination of the panhellenic crusade and retribution for Xerxes burning a temple in Athens. Curtius more than touches on the episode. He certainly dedicates a few paragraphs to Thais...
by dean
Wed Mar 23, 2011 11:21 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander the Great and his 'equality'
Replies: 93
Views: 29500

Re: Alexander the Great and his 'equality'

Hello Asandar, this is one of the main recurring themes of the forum and no doubt we will be discussing this in a question of months again, it may indeed be an idea for someone to write an article, (there may already be one?) detailing the pros and cons regarding the equality theme for the website. ...
by dean
Mon Nov 29, 2010 10:04 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Another spurious (?) quotation
Replies: 8
Views: 2610

Re: Another spurious (?) quotation

Hi Marcus, very interesting quote, although I can't say that I have ever read it in any of the sources I have and I don't have Plutarch Moralial, although I understand that there are some editions of it available on the web. I am surprised that a site such as the one you mentioned, should put up quo...
by dean
Fri Nov 05, 2010 10:54 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: the pages and grooms
Replies: 3
Views: 1936

Re: the pages and grooms

Hi Agesilaos,
thanks a lot for clearing it up- when I came across it, I couldn't remember having seen the term "groom" used before and wasn't sure if it was used as another translation for page but there you go.

Cheers!
by dean
Mon Nov 01, 2010 11:41 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: the pages and grooms
Replies: 3
Views: 1936

the pages and grooms

Hi just a quick question Reading Arrian Chapter 3, part 11 or 12, where in the thick of fighting at Gaugamela, some of the Persian forces got through Macedonian lines but were taken care of by the Royal guard or the grooms, I was just wondering if the grooms that Arrian mentions would equate to the ...
by dean
Fri Oct 15, 2010 10:02 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Syrian woman
Replies: 11
Views: 4424

Re: The Syrian woman

Hi, thanks a lot for the quote. To be honest, I hadn´t even heard of such a text. Something that was mentioned in another thread which I found interesting regarding Bagoas was language. I mean, a Syrian soothsayer, would have had to have spoken Greek, I suppose, to be able to have communicated to Al...
by dean
Wed Oct 13, 2010 4:22 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Syrian woman
Replies: 11
Views: 4424

Re: The Syrian woman

Hi, Thanks for the replies. A number of interesting points were made, especially about the Syrian woman being able to visit Alexander whenever she chose, it does seem a bit unusual. The analogy that I have would be that of a superstar. It isn't possible for the famous to speak to each and every fan ...
by dean
Sun Oct 10, 2010 11:12 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Syrian woman
Replies: 11
Views: 4424

The Syrian woman

Hi, I was quite intrigued by the short story mentioned quite uncharacteristically by Arrian regarding the plot of the pages. A Syrian woman who supposedly had the gift of “second sight” was apparently taken initially as a bit of fun, but as her predictions turned out to be true, Alexander allowed he...
by dean
Sat Sep 25, 2010 1:41 pm
Forum: Book reviews
Topic: Rereading fire from heaven
Replies: 71
Views: 22207

Re: Rereading fire from heaven

Hi, I think that really we aren't ever going to know for sure whether or not Bagoas ever wielded arms and maybe my opinion is strongly being swayed by Mary Renault's portrait in the Persian boy. Either way, as Marcus says, he was a really minor player in the whole story and possibly people pay more ...