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by sean_m
Sun Oct 13, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Date of Alexander's Birth
Replies: 24
Views: 429

Re: The Date of Alexander's Birth

I would agree with Alexias that a good read of this thread would shed light - especially on Gaugamela. This thread also has the merit of not having an appeal to one's own authority in the third person... I agree that there are some good things there! It cannot lightly be dismissed that the Babyloni...
by sean_m
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Date of Alexander's Birth
Replies: 24
Views: 429

Re: The Date of Alexander's Birth

No. 11th June is a Julian date. It is traditional to use Julian dates for ancient events, so that the dates given by Roman writers are not contradicted in translation. ... The Greek chronologists were perfectly capable of calculating the New Moon from prior and subsequent observations, so the evide...
by sean_m
Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Date of Alexander's Birth
Replies: 24
Views: 429

Re: The Date of Alexander's Birth

If I were going to celebrate an anniversary, I would pick Gaugamela where he became king of the world on 1 October 331 BCE. If you want to celebrate the anniversary of Gaugamela/Arbela, it is on 26th September (Gregorian). MesoCalc says that the dates it gives are Gregorian dates. So 24th day (in t...
by sean_m
Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Date of Alexander's Birth
Replies: 24
Views: 429

Re: The Date of Alexander's Birth

Oh! I checked Arrian Anabasis 7.28.1 and he says that Alexander's age at death comes from Aristoboulos (so from a primary source, but not from a culture where people have to give their age and birthday several times a month). "The Regnal Years of Philip and Alexander" by N. G. L. Hammond is not so i...
by sean_m
Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Date of Alexander's Birth
Replies: 24
Views: 429

Re: The Date of Alexander's Birth

That is not how Plutarch works though ... he read a lot and combined it idiosyncratically (we can debate how much he read directly and how much through 'sourcebooks' and collections of 'best bits', and how much he bothered to re-read as he was writing his Alexander and how much he cited from memory)...
by sean_m
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Date of Alexander's Birth
Replies: 24
Views: 429

Re: The Date of Alexander's Birth

Synchronizations and Plut. Vit. Al. 3.5-9 ... there are a lot of them in Greek historical writing (eg. Herodotus has matched pairs of land battles and sea battles on the same day, most of us suspect that they were really 'within a month or so of one another'). Its always a good idea to be careful wh...
by sean_m
Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: A Fourth Calgary Dissertation
Replies: 0
Views: 51

A Fourth Calgary Dissertation

Back in 2015 I blogged about three Calgary dissertations related to Alexander, ancient Macedonia, or ancient horse culture. The fourth of this group is now finished: Dr. Megan Falconer Ward, East Looking West: the Relationship between the Western Satraps and the Greeks (2018) http://hdl.handle.net/1...
by sean_m
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Date of Alexander's Birth
Replies: 24
Views: 429

Re: The Date of Alexander's Birth

Yes, if its one of the events in his life recorded in Babylonian sources, you can just pop the date into MesoCalc http://baptiste.meles.free.fr/site/mesocalc.html but Greek calendars are complicated and late writers like Plutarch may have already tried to convert between systems and changed the data...
by sean_m
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: The Derveni Gorget/Help with Modern Greek
Replies: 3
Views: 147

Re: The Derveni Gorget/Help with Modern Greek

Thank you! Maybe the reason I could not find it in dictionaries is that it is a compound word?

Professor Themelis has made his book free to download on academia dot etu
by sean_m
Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: The Derveni Gorget/Help with Modern Greek
Replies: 3
Views: 147

The Derveni Gorget/Help with Modern Greek

Plutarch tells us that Alexander, like many North Aegean warriors, wore an iron gorget . The best preserved one is from tomb B at Derveni and is covered in bronze scales. Petros Themelis describes it as follows in his 1997 book ΟΙ ΤΑΦΟΙ ΤΟΥ ΔΕΡΒΕΝΙΟΥ pages 84 and 85: Β46. Μηνοειδές περιτραχήλιον (Πί...
by sean_m
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: 'Off-topic' forum
Topic: Huge anchor
Replies: 2
Views: 989

Re: Huge anchor

Humh, from the age of Sostratos of Aegina
by sean_m
Sat Aug 03, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Hunting and archery
Replies: 8
Views: 672

Re: Hunting and archery

If you want to learn about the way Alexander would have hunted as he grew up, the best start is Xenophon on hunting.

I would expect that Alexander trained with a bow, a sling, a knife, and any weapon that existed in 4th century Macedonia but bow hunting was not very fashionable.
by sean_m
Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Book reviews
Topic: Historical inaccuracies
Replies: 10
Views: 1148

Re: Historical inaccuracies

I can't comment on the novel (have not read it yet) but the specialists in Old Iranian think that it was full of diminutives including people like Xenophon's Ariaios. Onomastics is a big field with intimidating jargon and I am not the Greek scholar I would like to be. Babylonians liked nicknames and...
by sean_m
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Power causes Brain Damage?
Replies: 6
Views: 516

Re: Power causes Brain Damage?

I would expect that losing, killing, or having to send away so many friends unsettled Alexander, and so did going from a boy who might or might not become king to king of a small kingdom to King of the World with rituals and flunkies to keep others from getting close or saying impolitic things. The ...
by sean_m
Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Power causes Brain Damage?
Replies: 6
Views: 516

Re: Power causes Brain Damage?

As an ordinary person who has lived his whole life in small countries next to large countries with powerful people, I can't comment on this thread without getting political, except to say that they seem to be describing a truism in medicalized language which someone from another culture could descri...