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by athenas owl
Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:27 pm
Forum: Alexander the Great in the Media
Topic: Alexander - The Ultimate Cut
Replies: 3
Views: 6621

Re: Alexander - The Ultimate Cut

A "proto-Christ" figure? Really? I did not see that at all from the film, in any of it's incarnations. In fact I didn't see even a Tarnesque uniter of East and West in the film in any deep way. Certainly there was the merging of east and west, and ATG's embrace of the east. But that was where he fai...
by athenas owl
Tue Dec 31, 2013 4:36 am
Forum: Book reviews
Topic: Christmas Present
Replies: 8
Views: 5680

Re: Christmas Present

Oh that is a lovely thing. Thank you so much for posting that.

I'll have to set aside a good chunk of me time for that, with some nog and a cozy throw. This is my idea of Christmas cheer.

Best wishes for the holidays. :D
by athenas owl
Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:42 pm
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: Ivory heads from Aegae
Replies: 7
Views: 5196

Re: Ivory heads from Aegae

Thank you for posting this.....very interesting...but my head snapped when I read this: According to the book I bought, there were 4 couches in Philip's tomb, two of which were burnt, presumably bearing the bodies of Philip and Meda, his Thracian wife who took her own life at his death Have I missed...
by athenas owl
Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:06 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander and the Celtic language
Replies: 13
Views: 5804

Re: Alexander and the Celtic language

I'd think that if any other language was familiar to him as a young man, it would have been Illyrian or something similar. Some family, shirt tail or otherwise were Illyrian and didn't he high tail it to Illyria after one of his "spats" with his father?
by athenas owl
Sun Sep 01, 2013 6:06 pm
Forum: Alexander the Great in the Media
Topic: TV programme
Replies: 23
Views: 18337

Re: TV programme

The bit I particularly had in mind was in the first episode where the melt waters from the last Ice Age seem to have made it possible to travel from the Mediterranean to the Oxus by water 6,000 years ago. Fine, I got that, but he seems to imply that it was still possible in Alexander's day and he m...
by athenas owl
Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:02 pm
Forum: 'Off-topic' forum
Topic: Guennol Lioness
Replies: 9
Views: 5467

Re: Guennol Lioness

Thanks Alexias. That's interesting. I did find one article (which I did not keep :oops: ) saying that it had been found by Seton Lloyd at Tel Agrab (The Temple of Shara)...and the U of Chicago figured in as well, I think. Tel Agrab is SE of Babylon, not near UR. I discounted it because there was no ...
by athenas owl
Fri Aug 09, 2013 5:08 pm
Forum: 'Off-topic' forum
Topic: Guennol Lioness
Replies: 9
Views: 5467

Re: Guennol Lioness

At Ur itself? That's interesting. I do appreciate you looking it up for me Marcus. Though there is no rush, enjoy your evening/s. I had bookmarked an much more comprehensive article from several years ago, but now can not find it. If memory serves, though, the figurine was thought to be an object ou...
by athenas owl
Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:33 pm
Forum: 'Off-topic' forum
Topic: Guennol Lioness
Replies: 9
Views: 5467

Guennol Lioness

Very off topic I know, but I was hoping that someone here could tell me when and where this exquisite little figure was found? I know that Leonard Woolley found it in Iraq "near Baghdad" in the 20's or early 30's. But after quite some time on the Google, I've not been able to find more precise infor...
by athenas owl
Sat Jun 15, 2013 8:55 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: James Romm on Alexander's Death
Replies: 13
Views: 7983

Re: James Romm on Alexander's Death

f) Phillips (2004): strychnine administered by Rhoxanne, having acquired it in Pakistan. This was the only new one on me, though why she would have acquired it shortly after marrying, and then not used it for about 3 years, nor waited to find out the sex of her unborn baby, I find difficult to unde...
by athenas owl
Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:53 pm
Forum: Alexander the Great in the Media
Topic: Two stories from RogueClassicism
Replies: 4
Views: 2612

Re: Two stories from RogueClassicism

Oh, I see what you are saying. I read it differently and perhaps incorrectly. So the idea is that somehow Chanakya and Seleucus were lads together around 350 BC or so (where?!?)and then found themselves on opposite sides when ATG invaded India. I was thinking a bit later, when Seleucus was hashing i...
by athenas owl
Thu Mar 14, 2013 4:57 am
Forum: Alexander the Great in the Media
Topic: Two stories from RogueClassicism
Replies: 4
Views: 2612

Re: Two stories from RogueClassicism

Two stories today. The first, about a planned mini-series , looks interesting, although I'm intrigued about how Seleucus (Nicator) is supposed to have been at school with an Indian ... All the best It's a "timey-wimey" thing. :D I understand why someone would do it, from a dramatic standpoint. thou...
by athenas owl
Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:39 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Did Alexander dislike ugly people??!!
Replies: 39
Views: 19862

Re: Did Alexander dislike ugly people??!!

I had forgotten about Badian, who once had a sound line, but lately seems to have drifted into the outskirts of a critico-paranoiac town. Sadly, Ernst Badian has drifted into the next world, nearly two years ago. This is what fascinates me about the ATG historiography. Each scholar seems to reflect...
by athenas owl
Sat Aug 11, 2012 6:33 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Was Babylon ever intended to be the Imperial Capital?
Replies: 7
Views: 4553

Re: Was Babylon ever intended to be the Imperial Capital?

Hello. All good points. The only thing that makes me possibly disagree is the pyre/proposed monument to Hephaistion. If Alexander didn't plan on Babylon being the capital, why would he have carted Hephaistion's corpse/ashes from Ecbatana down there? If he wanted to build a monument in a city he didn...
by athenas owl
Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:23 pm
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: I like rum!
Replies: 6
Views: 3441

Re: I like rum!

Hello! I like rum, too! The "grass that gives honey without bees"....I remember reading that. Even though spirits weren't distilled yet, I wonder if the Indians made a kind of "mead" equivalent? Somewhere back in the aisles of my mental inventory, I recall reading several years ago that there was po...
by athenas owl
Sun Aug 21, 2011 6:07 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Hephaestion's Relief
Replies: 68
Views: 26231

Re: Hephaestion's Relief

Before the scholarly debate really gets going I have a sort of connected question. Strabo mentions a temple, a Hephaistion, on the island of Pharos at Alexandria. I'm recalling from memory here and would gladly be corrected. Was this a temple to Hephaistos/Ptah or could it have been the temple of He...