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by alexkhan2000
Tue Sep 25, 2007 5:53 am
Forum: Book reviews
Topic: Paul Cartledge's Take on the Diverse Views of Alexander
Replies: 1
Views: 2066

Paul Cartledge's Take on the Diverse Views of Alexander

I am in the process of reading up on two Alexander books at the moment: one is called ‘Alexander – Destiny and Myth’ by French historian Claude Mosse (Emeritus Professor at the University of Paris VIII) that was written in 2001 and translated into English in 2004 and the pricey and scholarly ‘Brill’...
by alexkhan2000
Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:29 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Reasons why Alexander was great?
Replies: 180
Views: 59212

Oh dear. Sounds like the beginning of a religion. Do I sense some sarcasm here? I suppose you're one of those types who has to make snide remarks about opinions or interpretations that are different from yours? There was no "brotherhood of man". That is a wholly modern overlay. And how do...
by alexkhan2000
Fri Sep 21, 2007 2:04 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Reasons why Alexander was great?
Replies: 180
Views: 59212

Alexander, like the Persians he'd conquered, was busy removing and transferring populations. This was not for any "brotherhood of man" or "racial fusion". It was ultimately very pragmatic. Whole poulations were bonded into serfdom to support the garrison towns of empire for exam...
by alexkhan2000
Fri Sep 21, 2007 12:42 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Reasons why Alexander was great?
Replies: 180
Views: 59212

Yes, and there are many Christians in Korea and China as well - tens of millions. But the official orthodox Christian religion as we now know it originated in Rome under Constantine. Until Constantine made it Rome's official religion in 313AD or so, there were dozens of different versions of Christ...
by alexkhan2000
Fri Sep 21, 2007 12:28 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander vs. Other Great Conquerors & Military Leaders
Replies: 20
Views: 9643

Just on which alexkhan2000 , on this (or another thread) you mentioned you'd not read the ancient Alexander historians. Perhaps you might? It would help when reading such articles as the Maihafer one. Arrian is no turgid read. He is no prize winning author to be sure but still quite readable. Ditto...
by alexkhan2000
Thu Sep 20, 2007 11:00 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Reasons why Alexander was great?
Replies: 180
Views: 59212

Well, I don't want to get into the subject of religion too much but Christianity is a Western religion. I'm not a religious person at all, but I've studied various religions of the world from a historical and cultural perspective. Whether Jesus was a Easterner or whether he even existed is an entir...
by alexkhan2000
Thu Sep 20, 2007 7:23 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Reasons why Alexander was great?
Replies: 180
Views: 59212

Well, I see that like all the books about Alexander I've read, we've all got different perceptions about history and about Alexander himself. In the end, it really does seem like everyone interprets the "history" or the so-called "facts" differently. And as stated many times, tha...
by alexkhan2000
Thu Sep 20, 2007 5:12 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander vs. Other Great Conquerors & Military Leaders
Replies: 20
Views: 9643

I'm not sure if these have been posted here already, but here are some interesting and detailed articles about three of the four Alexander's set piece battle victories on historynet.com: The Battle of Granicus http://www.historynet.com/historical_figures/3036426.html The Battle of Issus http://www.h...
by alexkhan2000
Thu Sep 20, 2007 3:05 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander vs. Other Great Conquerors & Military Leaders
Replies: 20
Views: 9643

I agree the Khan was great and deserves reckognition. However most of GKs enemies were beaten befor a battle through Shear terror. Massed Monghul Cavalry against Disciplined formeative Infantry. Debatable. And measure for Measure Alexanders Cavalry were equal if not better than any cavalry in histo...
by alexkhan2000
Thu Sep 20, 2007 2:19 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: If you could write on anything about Alexander's life...
Replies: 6
Views: 2944

There are so many fascinating aspects about Alexander, but the things that interest me the most are: 1. Alexander's ultimate goals - what were they and how far did he really intend to go? 2. Alexander's views of the East - did he really admire Persian and Asian culture or were his orientalizing poli...
by alexkhan2000
Thu Sep 20, 2007 1:56 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Reasons why Alexander was great?
Replies: 180
Views: 59212

What a peculiar thing to say. Of course the world would be different - and their would be nothing weird to imagine: that would simply be life! I'm not sure what you are trying to say in reference to religion? But I think you need to recognise that Jesus was an Easterner- his religious teachings ori...
by alexkhan2000
Wed Sep 19, 2007 7:02 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Reasons why Alexander was great?
Replies: 180
Views: 59212

Hello Ed, I’m sure the Persian soldiers would’ve found a way to execute anyone who was challenging the status quo too much, just the way the Romans did. Empires - whether we now classify them as ‘eastern’ or ‘western’ - always have a few things in common. ;) Christianity has spread so far and wide ...
by alexkhan2000
Wed Sep 19, 2007 1:24 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander Been unable to swim
Replies: 11
Views: 4501

Alexander and his army crossed a lot of rivers during the campaign. I can't imagine Alexander having risked drowning crossing these rivers. Remember they crossed a swelling Hydaspes during the night and a thunderstorm before the battle against Porus.
by alexkhan2000
Wed Sep 19, 2007 1:19 am
Forum: Book reviews
Topic: Brill's Companion to ATG on "sale"
Replies: 1
Views: 1993

I wish I had known about this and I could have saved around $50! It's a lot for a book but I couldn't resist. It's a serious book but still quite readable with interesting insights from various scholars. I've only read several articles so far but I like what I've been reading and I look forward to r...
by alexkhan2000
Wed Sep 19, 2007 1:11 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander vs. Other Great Conquerors & Military Leaders
Replies: 20
Views: 9643

Re: Alexander vs. Other Great Conquerors & Military Lead

I thought the list of 100 most influential military leaders was very interesting. Alexander only third - how can this be? :) I liked the way the compiler of the list had tried to cover all ages and places - even both genders, glad to see Joan of Arc in there! But I thought it was a bit biased towar...