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by robbie
Tue Jun 18, 2013 5:53 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Shield Bearer uniform
Replies: 97
Views: 26520

Re: Shield Bearer uniform

Thank you Paralus Interesting information; OK, so the the Kopis is the closest we can get to ascertain as to the sword used. Agesilaos OK, I kind of suspected that, just wanted to make sure... :? Once again, I think you guys are awesome, and I'm extremely grateful for the response I've received. I c...
by robbie
Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:34 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Shield Bearer uniform
Replies: 97
Views: 26520

Re: Shield Bearer uniform

Thank you Agesilaos for your reply Otherwise I would agree with your comments on the lack of standardisation; if Curtius is right, hypaspist uniform need be no more than a helmet painted a standard colour or with a certain arrangement of plumes or just a shield colour (silver later, it seems). What ...
by robbie
Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:23 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Shield Bearer uniform
Replies: 97
Views: 26520

Re: Shield Bearer uniform

Thank you for your time and effort, Xenophon. I really appreciate it. Xenophon"]The first thing to say is that one should NEVER look to Hollywood as an accurate guide to historical costume...... :lol: Yeah, isn't it a shame? You'd think that with all their resources, that they'd at least be able to ...
by robbie
Mon Jun 17, 2013 8:06 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Shield Bearer uniform
Replies: 97
Views: 26520

Shield Bearer uniform

Hi I was wondering about the Shield bearer uniforms? 1. To my understanding they were both geared up in laminated linen cuirasses AND sculpted muscle cuirasses. Am I correct on this one? 2. And about the helmets; did they wear smooth tall sloping helmets with faux horse hair plumes and cheek guards ...
by robbie
Tue Apr 02, 2013 6:10 pm
Forum: Alexander the Great in the Media
Topic: An April Fool's joke?
Replies: 3
Views: 2303

Re: An April Fool's joke?

Only a joke? ... what a shame... :wink:
by robbie
Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:20 am
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Battle Of Pandosia
Replies: 28
Views: 11485

Re: Battle Of Pandosia

Interesting indeed. So the quote may actually stand with one foot inside the door and with the other one outside. It could then be argued that, while containing a grain of truth, it is more likely than not coated in roman publicity. Alexander I may actually have remarked something to the effect, but...
by robbie
Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:31 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Battle Of Pandosia
Replies: 28
Views: 11485

Re: Battle Of Pandosia

I think both quotes on the difference between Persian and Italic army isn't from an historical source, but from a rhetorical one. The core of these quotes isn't the historical truth, but a quite widespread opinion in Greek and Roman world about the difference between East and West, and the superior...
by robbie
Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:14 am
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Battle Of Pandosia
Replies: 28
Views: 11485

Re: Battle Of Pandosia

It says more about the picture of Alexander III that Trogus was painting than any 'reality'; how did Trogus' source know that it was an empty sham? None of the historians accompanying the expedition would have said as much, so it can only be authorial colour. Yes, that could be argued. Again, we do...
by robbie
Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:51 am
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Battle Of Pandosia
Replies: 28
Views: 11485

Re: Battle Of Pandosia

amyntoros wrote: Interesting that Justin says Alexander assumed a show of grief. Perhaps 12.3 doesn't totally contradict 12.1 after all? Best regards, [/quote] Interesting, indeed. "A show of grief", implies that perhaps Alexander I was not totally in Alexander III's good graces, after all. All the...
by robbie
Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:01 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Battle Of Pandosia
Replies: 28
Views: 11485

Re: Battle Of Pandosia

Marcus wrote: And there you go - there are more than one source recording relations between the two Alexanders. Although I wrote that article for Pothos, I have to confess that I can't remember what Justin 12.1 actually says - and I'm not at home so I don't have Justin in front of me. :( Hey Marcus...
by robbie
Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:17 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Battle Of Pandosia
Replies: 28
Views: 11485

Re: Battle Of Pandosia

Thank you, Amyntoros for this very vivid and captivating account. A shame what happened to Alexander I... I mean, the disfigurement of his body and all. "Gracious" of Livy to "entitle" him to a place in history... as if it were up to him :roll: ... Clearly, he was a splendid general and warrior, Ale...
by robbie
Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:04 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Battle Of Pandosia
Replies: 28
Views: 11485

Re: Battle Of Pandosia

Hi, Robbie! the one and only ancient source that records how Alexander the Great reacted after knowing his uncle's fate is Justin (12, 3). He says: "When these occurrences (i.e. what happened to Alexander of Epirus and Zopirion) were reported to Alexander, who was then in Parthia, he assumed a show...
by robbie
Sat Mar 23, 2013 11:50 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Battle Of Pandosia
Replies: 28
Views: 11485

Re: Battle Of Pandosia

Marcus wrote: See Agesilaos' comments about Kleitos the Black. I don't think we can say that Alexander knew where to draw the line at all! Yes, that was a most unfortunate event. He clearly crossed the line there, but he was after all drunk and seemingly provoked beyond measure: a bad combination. ...
by robbie
Sat Mar 23, 2013 8:15 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Battle Of Pandosia
Replies: 28
Views: 11485

Re: Battle Of Pandosia

amyntoros wrote: No snide remark, I promise, however I feel the need to point out that ego was not something to be looked upon with disdain in ancient times. Self promotion seems to have been the norm and Alexander was a master at this. There was no shame in glorifying one's successes and no benefi...
by robbie
Sat Mar 23, 2013 6:39 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Battle Of Pandosia
Replies: 28
Views: 11485

Re: Battle Of Pandosia

Marcus wrote: But that's irrelevant when one is looking at Alexander of Epirus' supposed quote. As far as he was concerned, the Persians were not a worthy, 'manly' foe, while the Italians were; therefore his comment. Yes, Marcus, I agree. To a certain degree. It is irrelevant insofar as to what act...