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by Alita
Sun Jul 26, 2009 12:12 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Notes on 10 June
Replies: 5
Views: 2315

Re: Notes on 10 June

The cultural continuity is striking. I suppose there needed to be a way for the clergy to make Christianity acceptable and more familiar to the populace and so replaced the gods of Olympus with saints. I've heard that the Italians did the same with the goddess Diana, substituting her with the Virgin...
by Alita
Sat Jul 25, 2009 6:55 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Notes on 10 June
Replies: 5
Views: 2315

Re: Notes on 10 June

Artemisia, I have to say, until I read your post about Agio Dimitri, I'd thought I was the only one who noticed the likeness in his many portraits to Alexander. Sometimes, I've even mistaken a picture for Alexander, then on closer inspection, realised it is really a picture of Saint Dimitrios (or Sa...
by Alita
Sat Jul 25, 2009 6:31 pm
Forum: Alexander the Great in the Media
Topic: New Michael Wood documentary
Replies: 40
Views: 14351

Re: New Michael Wood documentary

From what I know kurnigandy, he uses primary sources whenever possible: Arrian, Curtius and Plutarch. He also spent a great deal of time during In the Footsteps talking to locals and trying to get their viewpoint of Alexander to give a more complete or balanced picture. It would be interesting to se...
by Alita
Sat Jul 25, 2009 6:06 pm
Forum: Book reviews
Topic: New Novel
Replies: 6
Views: 4898

Re: New Novel

Hi Derek, I read the short extract of God of War in the link you provided and I must say, it exceeded my expectations. :D I would be interested to read more and may follow it up on Amazon. I'm assuming Derek is not your real name then (as Alita is not mine)? :wink: Anyway, great work and I encourage...
by Alita
Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:37 pm
Forum: Alexander the Great in the Media
Topic: New Michael Wood documentary
Replies: 40
Views: 14351

Re: New Michael Wood documentary

I'm really looking forward to this! Not just for what he'll say or the great history of the place (Mesopotamia, ancient Assyria, lost 10 tribes etc) but I've heard it's one of the most beautiful places in the near East.

And a very warm Happy Birthday to Michael Wood (23 July).
by Alita
Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:04 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Greatest Greek!
Replies: 25
Views: 8195

Re: The Greatest Greek!

Stathi, you hit the nail on the head with your 2 points. I think, not only is there a big move towards admiring Alexander the Great in Greece and among Greeks now (his image is watermarked on every page of every Greek passport issued after 2005), but also, the business with Skopje would have made it...
by Alita
Thu Aug 07, 2008 3:47 pm
Forum: Alexander the Great in the Media
Topic: Celebrating Alexander's Birthday
Replies: 50
Views: 16284

Re: Kronia Polla, Alexandros!

Paralus wrote:Certainly at the orcs that were apparently ephors.
:lol: LMFAO!! :lol:
by Alita
Thu Aug 07, 2008 10:52 am
Forum: Alexander the Great in the Media
Topic: Celebrating Alexander's Birthday
Replies: 50
Views: 16284

Re: Celebrating Alexander's Birthday

Katerina wrote: I believe Hephaistion knew exactly where he stood with Alexander.
Exactly! :D
by Alita
Sat Jul 26, 2008 4:50 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: On the omens before Alexander's death
Replies: 9
Views: 3622

Omens... This is the entry on the Babylonian Astronomical diaries the night before Gaugamela - If on either the 13th or 14th Ulûlu the moon is dark; the watch passes and it is dark; his features are dark like lapis lazuli; he is obscured until his midpoint; the west quadrant - as it covered, the we...
by Alita
Sat Jul 26, 2008 4:42 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander and Egypt
Replies: 18
Views: 9034

I think Alexander did respect the Egyptians. Otherwise he would not have bothered making the risky journey into the desert to visit Siwa and enquire of a foreign oracle - after all, he'd already enquired of his Greek oracles back home (Delphi). Those are the actions of a man who puts great weight on...
by Alita
Thu Jul 24, 2008 3:34 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: On the omens before Alexander's death
Replies: 9
Views: 3622

Interesting. Elvis seems to have borne a resemblance to Alexander, in the mouth and chin at least. Apparently he was also a natural blonde. (No I'm not implying the ancient "Elvis" sculpture was of Alexander!)
by Alita
Thu Jul 24, 2008 2:45 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander and ethics
Replies: 43
Views: 15301

amyntoros wrote: He showed remorse after the death of Cleitus, but the murder wasn't an act of cruelty.
Sorry amyntoros - an act of justice then? :?
by Alita
Thu Jul 24, 2008 2:35 pm
Forum: Alexander the Great in the Media
Topic: Celebrating Alexander's Birthday
Replies: 50
Views: 16284

Re: Kronia Polla, Alexandros!

Personally, I simply don't see that it would be difficult to show both facets of the man. Many of my friends have tried to argue that portraying such a complex man--ruthless but cultured, murderous but loving--isn't feasible, but I steadfastly disagree. So do I. Yul Brynner would have played the pa...
by Alita
Thu Jul 24, 2008 1:50 pm
Forum: 'Off-topic' forum
Topic: Do you know this game?
Replies: 4
Views: 2493

Very unfortunately false. (Sorry!) Unless some famous scholar is on the net using a handle and I've argued with them without knowing it...

The person after me has seen at least 3 Alexander sculptures in real life.
by Alita
Sun Jul 20, 2008 12:40 pm
Forum: 'Off-topic' forum
Topic: Do you know this game?
Replies: 4
Views: 2493

Do you know this game?

It's called The Person Below/After Me. The way it works is you post a statement (to do with the topic of course) about the person after you and they post back saying whether it is true or false and then posting one of their own about the person after them. For example, I might post: "The person unde...