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by Paralus
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: ATG Geography: WHERE IS NORA? + FORCED MARCHES
Replies: 80
Views: 23985

Re: ATG Geography: WHERE IS NORA? + FORCED MARCHES

What a fascinating map. Script heavy indeed! I'll have to peruse when not at the office.
by Paralus
Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: 'Off-topic' forum
Topic: Two views on Sparta and the Laconians
Replies: 2
Views: 288

Re: Two views on Sparta and the Laconians

That's a particularly excoriating review Sean. Lateiner is clearly unimpressed. I'll have to read the book for myself.
by Paralus
Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Armenian Alexander Romance translation
Replies: 3
Views: 888

Re: Armenian Alexander Romance translation

'Tis a mrvellous resource Attalus.org. Everything from sources in translation, to indexes by name and Athenian inscriptions!
by Paralus
Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: The Diadochi
Topic: Battle of Magnesia
Replies: 52
Views: 16098

Re: Battle of Magnesia

I would love that piece by Strootman by the way. Have to wait I imagine.
by Paralus
Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: The Diadochi
Topic: Battle of Magnesia
Replies: 52
Views: 16098

Re: Battle of Magnesia

I'd agree with all of the above. It's a bit like Diodorus 18-20 is all based on Hieronymus. Much more likely an intermediary who'd already reduced that author's "boring" work to something more accessible. That said, Polybios will certainly have painted a decent portrait of Rome's last antagonist. It...
by Paralus
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: The Diadochi
Topic: Battle of Magnesia
Replies: 52
Views: 16098

Re: Battle of Magnesia

He was ruthless in liquidating Molon and Achaeus, and must have hoped to conquer Bactria, but when Fortune turned against him he entered into negotiations, announced that it pleased him to grant Euthydemus the title of king and give his handsome son his own daughter to marry, accepted a gift of gra...
by Paralus
Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: The Diadochi
Topic: Battle of Magnesia
Replies: 52
Views: 16098

Re: Battle of Magnesia

I remember a distinguished British historian who was hard on Tissaphernes and Pharnabazus for not immediately creating an effective navy as soon as some of the cities on the sea went over to them (because obviously navies and the infrastructure which support them are simple to build in the middle o...
by Paralus
Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Plutarch quotes
Replies: 2
Views: 1365

Re: Plutarch quotes

The reference elsewhere is that he goes away poorer by a kiss, but remember, ancient writers tweaked their material to suit their narrative need, not necessarily to reflect an accurate presentation of what occurred [...] Plutarch is notorious for this, changing out characters or situations for a st...
by Paralus
Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Hephaestion
Replies: 27
Views: 8969

Re: Hephaestion

I agree: Heckel is on the money with Gaugamela. Hephaistion commanded the personal foot guard of the hypaspists and these will have been in the foremost of those phalanx troops forming Alexander's "wedge". Hardly surprising he was wounded and no minor command. I think Xenophon has nailed the crucial...
by Paralus
Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: The Diadochi
Topic: Books/Documentaries/Podcasts on Diadochi Wars
Replies: 3
Views: 1632

Re: Books/Documentaries/Podcasts on Diadochi Wars

Ancient Warfare podcasts: https://thehistorynetwork.org/elite-units-of-the-hellenistic-era/ https://thehistorynetwork.org/royal-stalemate-hellenistic-kingdoms-at-war/ https://thehistorynetwork.org/alexander-the-wars-of-the-successors/ https://thehistorynetwork.org/the-seleucid-empire-at-war/ https:/...
by Paralus
Thu May 24, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: The Diadochi
Topic: Books/Documentaries/Podcasts on Diadochi Wars
Replies: 3
Views: 1632

Re: Books/Documentaries/Podcasts on Diadochi Wars

Yes, we've been a bit remiss. There aren't too many simply on war; most are narrative histories including wars. Some of the below are available in soft copy. Legacy of Alexander: Politics, Warfare and Propaganda under the Successors. Alexander's Veterans and the early Wars of the Successors. War in ...
by Paralus
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Hephaestion
Replies: 27
Views: 8969

Re: Hephaestion

I do not believe Alexander ever envisioned Hephaistion and himself as anything approaching a "dual regency" and I do not believe there is any cogent evidence for such. Alexander was the Macedonian king. Macedonian kings did not share power and Alexander was certainly no exception. His rule, by its e...
by Paralus
Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Hephaestion
Replies: 27
Views: 8969

Re: Hephaestion

Can't say I'd disagree with any of that - especially the second point. Alexander clearly found the man competent. The notion that Hephaistion, when given army commands, needed another officer to essentially "ride shotgun" is, I suspect, one of those interpretations you take issue with. I'd agree tha...
by Paralus
Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:42 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The sarissa
Replies: 4
Views: 1370

Re: The sarissa

And so we can have Theophrastus opining about the "longest sarisa". A xyston, to a Macedonian, will have been a "shorter" sarisa.
by Paralus
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The sarissa
Replies: 4
Views: 1370

Re: The sarissa

Perhaps the best guide is Theophrastus, the only source who was contemporary with Philip and Alexander who says the 'longest' pikes/sarissae were 12 (Athenian) cubits which is 5.29m, or 17.2 feet. Indeed he does and for those without the text ( Enquiry into Plants , 3.12.1-2): The wood of the ‘male...