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by Jeanne Reames
Wed Sep 23, 2020 5:20 am
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Hephaiston's death
Replies: 12
Views: 5182

Re: Hephaiston's death

Interesting question, Alexias! Quite possible.

For all they were decent physicians (compared to other eras) their lack of knowledge of diagnostics combined with things such as Humor Theory, they sometimes caused the very death they were trying to avoid.
by Jeanne Reames
Wed Sep 23, 2020 5:17 am
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: Philip II by Ed Anson
Replies: 0
Views: 185

Philip II by Ed Anson

Arriving very soon (as in October 1st) is a new bio on Philip that has textbook potential. Ed(ward) Anson is a long-time Macedoniast, teaches in Arkansas, has authored multiple articles and tends to deal especially with both pre-Alexander and post-Alexander (early Hellenistic, including the infamous...
by Jeanne Reames
Tue Sep 22, 2020 5:02 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Barbarian.
Replies: 6
Views: 292

Re: Barbarian.

JHarris ... yes, that's generally true. But it's all rather more complicated, as issues of ethnos and genos and the borders of the oikumene changed across time (as we can imagine). Some groups of barbaroi were viewed as "more civilized" while others were less so. In general, east and south peoples w...
by Jeanne Reames
Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:52 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The death of Alexander the Great - poisoning hypothesis
Replies: 4
Views: 1089

Re: The death of Alexander the Great - poisoning hypothesis

Some while back the University of Mary School of Medicine took this on. What made their analysis a bit different was that they actually called in a historian to help them understand the biases in the texts, instead of taking everything at face value...something a lot of medical people don't do, resu...
by Jeanne Reames
Sat Aug 15, 2020 4:22 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Barbarian.
Replies: 6
Views: 292

Re: Barbarian.

Sikander! You got in! Yay! As for Barbaros, the term's meaning shifted (as words do). Initially, it meant only "Somebody who doesn't speak Greek," using the Persian tongue which, to Greeks, sounded rather like "Bar-bar-bar," so it means "the Bar-bar people." Obviously, that is insulting, and I don't...
by Jeanne Reames
Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Hephaiston's death
Replies: 12
Views: 5182

Re: Hephaiston's death

Basically what Alexias said. If it had been poison, or even the suspicion of it, given ATG's mental state at the time, he'd have turned out the hounds. He did kill the physician, but for malpractice (at least, IHO). Keep in mind that Alexander did have some medical training, but emotions were in con...
by Jeanne Reames
Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Xenophon
Replies: 11
Views: 2630

Re: Xenophon

I'm very sad to hear this. I've been only intermittently on Pothos in the last decade or more, but I do remember him. having just lost, in April, a very old friend of mine, I can empathize with a known and valued voice going silent.

My best wishes to his family and friends.
by Jeanne Reames
Mon Jan 20, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Book reviews
Topic: "Trampling in the Land of Woe"
Replies: 8
Views: 3952

Re: "Trampling in the Land of Woe"

Thanks to everybody. And I'm very familiar with Morris's "Hell" series, which I enjoyed. So I will try to track it down.
by Jeanne Reames
Fri Jan 17, 2020 4:34 am
Forum: Book reviews
Topic: "Trampling in the Land of Woe"
Replies: 8
Views: 3952

Re: "Trampling in the Land of Woe"

This is interesting. Thanks. I looked it up, but it costs somewhere around $150 used. I may collect ATG fiction, but that's too rich for my blood. LOL! Still, the author seems to have a page on Goodreads. Their may be another option to get a hold of the novel.
by Jeanne Reames
Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Book reviews
Topic: Dancing with the Lion: preorder is open
Replies: 33
Views: 6955

Re: Dancing with the Lion: preorder is open

Did you finally get your copy, I hope?
by Jeanne Reames
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Book reviews
Topic: Dancing with the Lion: preorder is open
Replies: 33
Views: 6955

Re: Dancing with the Lion: preorder is open

There's at least one other person in your shoes. I just posted notices on my social media. I contacted Riptide, things look as if they are fine on their end, and I know of at least one person who HAS received his/her copy. But they asked if you have NOT to please contact them directly, so they can g...
by Jeanne Reames
Sat Oct 19, 2019 4:31 am
Forum: Book reviews
Topic: Dancing with the Lion: preorder is open
Replies: 33
Views: 6955

Re: Dancing with the Lion: preorder is open

It should be released before midnight tonight. That's ebook. If you ordered a paper copy, then it'll come by mail, although I'm not entirely sure. It *should* have been mailed to arrive today, but I'm not entirely sure. (Riptide has been very unclear about ordering paper copies in advance, including...
by Jeanne Reames
Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:13 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Date of Alexander's Birth
Replies: 55
Views: 8064

Re: The Date of Alexander's Birth

Andrew, from what I understand, the Harvard folks already allowed for all those issues. They looked at the new moon in July of 356, as Badian asked, and calculated 6 days from that, arriving at July 19th. No need to worry about various calendars if you're starting with the new moon using our modern ...
by Jeanne Reames
Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Date of Alexander's Birth
Replies: 55
Views: 8064

Re: The Date of Alexander's Birth

Exactly, Sean. It's a muddled mess. Pick a date, any date.... (Not quite, but.) Well, any date except July 20. ha.
by Jeanne Reames
Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Date of Alexander's Birth
Replies: 55
Views: 8064

Re: The Date of Alexander's Birth

FWIW, some decades ago, Ernst Badian went over to the Harvard astronomy department, and asked them to calculate when the 6th of Loos would have been, in 356. Turns out it was July 19th. (This is somewhere in a footnote in one of his 200+ articles, ha. I'd thought it was in his "Greeks & Macedonians"...