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by dean
Fri Jun 12, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: Demosthenes by Ian Worthington and buddies
Replies: 7
Views: 142

Re: Demosthenes by Ian Worthington and buddies

Hello, Yes, this is mentioned in the chapter dedicated to Demosthenes and his *in*activity during the reign of Alexander the great by Ian Worthington. Demosthenes sends his friend Aristion to stay with Hephaestion. During the 330 to 324 period, Athenians and Greeks as a whole came to enjoy a period ...
by dean
Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: Demosthenes by Ian Worthington and buddies
Replies: 7
Views: 142

Re: Demosthenes by Ian Worthington and buddies

Hi, Yes, there is a chapter regarding his (in)activity during the reign of Alexander and I found it quite interesting. I'll just gloss over a few details. When news was received that Alexander had been killed in Ilyria and Thebes revolted, Initially Demosthenes had shown support but later fortunatel...
by dean
Fri May 29, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: Demosthenes by Ian Worthington and buddies
Replies: 7
Views: 142

Demosthenes by Ian Worthington and buddies

Hi I had prepared this post and just as I was about to send it, something happened and all my post just happened to vanish into thin e-air.so this is a more condensed version. Just finished my second book pre Alexander. Demosthenes orator and statesman It was talking about the greatest orator of all...
by dean
Fri Apr 17, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: Philip II of Macedonia Ian Worthington
Replies: 1
Views: 1024

Philip II of Macedonia Ian Worthington

Hi, Just finished reading an excellent tome regarding Philip II. First off, this guy has really done some research and put some serious thought into the book. Getting the book came as a total surprise as I was just perusing a second hand book store and came across it in immaculate condition- hardbac...
by dean
Mon Apr 06, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Diogenes and a misnomer
Replies: 2
Views: 1222

Re: Diogenes and a misnomer

Hey there! Thanks for the reply. Yeah I can see where you are coming with this although the reply "I would wish to be Diogenes" to my mind, kind of implies more than just having an attitude that he admires. Anyways, as you say the whole incident is doubtful, it was likely to be in 336 when Alexander...
by dean
Sun Apr 05, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Diogenes and a misnomer
Replies: 2
Views: 1222

Diogenes and a misnomer

Hi, Been quite a while due to work but now surprise surprise I have quite a bit of time on my hands. Missing a lot of the other users that I used to see regularly here guess you know who you are. Anyways to the point. Finished a book which had nothing to do with Alexander- well pretty much nothing. ...
by dean
Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Hunting and archery
Replies: 8
Views: 2151

Re: Hunting and archery

Hi, interesting question. I can't remember reading about Alexander's personal use of archery. The archers from Crete were used by the army or so Arrian tells us,seemingly alongside the Agrianians. Most references to archery in Arrian are alongside the mention of the Agrianians. In Sogdiana, we read ...
by dean
Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Hephaestion
Replies: 27
Views: 12802

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: 2380

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: 2380

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: 2380

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: 8782

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: 16390

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: 16390

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: 30838

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. ...