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by Nikas
Mon May 23, 2016 2:53 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: A terrible loss - Agesilaos; Karl
Replies: 22
Views: 8932

Re: A terrible loss - Agesilaos; Karl

Deepest condolences to his family and friends. A most knowledgeable poster who enriched many a discussion on Alexandrian, or any number of other points that caught his fancy. Nothing but admiration for his passion and dedicated approach to whatever topic was at hand. A true loss for the Pothos commu...
by Nikas
Mon Jun 22, 2015 8:34 pm
Forum: Book reviews
Topic: Early Christian Sources
Replies: 0
Views: 14452

Early Christian Sources

Hi all, All this talk of oriental sources has me revisiting a question that has been percolating in my brain for some time: namely is anyone aware of any broad survey completed of Alexander as represented in the early Christian writings? I have seen somewhere something on the presentation of Alexand...
by Nikas
Tue May 19, 2015 4:24 am
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: New Evidence for King Philipp II in Vergina
Replies: 2
Views: 3646

Re: New Evidence for King Philipp II in Vergina

I think that it is being raised again now, because it has actually been published in the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. In general this is a good piece of bone analysis that hammers a few useful nails into the coffin of the Philip-Arrhidaeus hypothesis. However I am a bit dubious that t...
by Nikas
Sun May 17, 2015 6:46 pm
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: New Evidence for King Philipp II in Vergina
Replies: 2
Views: 3646

New Evidence for King Philipp II in Vergina

Hi all, Been awhile, so not sure if this is old news? I believe these are the results of that detailed reexamination of the bones from Tomb II that was floating around in some background news in all the general excitement of Amphipolis last year. http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/05/16/new-eviden...
by Nikas
Thu Oct 16, 2014 5:34 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 376651

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipol

Nikas, Appian IV 105-8 would associate the tale with Philippi rather than Amphipolis, Paul the Apostle baptised some woman in the Zygaktos when at Philippi, which is far from Amphipolis; the area as a whole could be associated and the motif is common in Macedonian tombs. The lack of any details of ...
by Nikas
Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:33 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 376651

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipol

If you are right and Hermes is associated with Persephone's return then this is 'narrative compression' with the Rape and Return depicted simultaneously, I don't think I have ever read the original story but your version sounds right. That is a good possibility as well, but it seems to me Hermes is...
by Nikas
Thu Oct 16, 2014 3:50 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 376651

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipol

Vergina I gets cropped a lot. This is it in full. http://greece.greekreporter.com/files/2OlympiasAtAmphipolis4.jpg http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_yKuSQ4uXW2o/THuO8Gkz6fI/AAAAAAAAAEA/H940UEu4L-8/s1600/persefone-tomb-inside%5B1%5D.jpg Ahh, thank you! The dangers of posting off ones phone while walking to ...
by Nikas
Thu Oct 16, 2014 3:13 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 376651

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipol

The rest of the mosaic. 'Tis Persephone. Does one then look to the sides and see Kore and Demeter waving their arms? No news on the missing arms yet? https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B0EGcCtIEAAtIiX.jpg:large https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B0EHgvgCUAA3Xkv.jpg:large Greek Ministry of Culture announcement (E...
by Nikas
Thu Oct 02, 2014 8:00 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 376651

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipol

agesilaos wrote:Sort of been saying that all along :wink: But seriously folks the style of the door is so common as to be useless as a dating tool, beyond 'Hellenistic'.
Good point. I hope there is some silver bullet evidence forthcoming soon!
by Nikas
Thu Oct 02, 2014 7:33 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 376651

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipol

agesilaos wrote:SHOCK NEWS STYLE CONFIRMS DATING !!!!

First half of Fourth century BC Stavroupouli
stavroupouli.jpg
to Lyson and Kallikes c 200BC
tomb_lyssonos_kallikleous.jpg
Narrowed to two and a half centuries! :lol: :lol:
Ok, it's Philip V now haha
by Nikas
Thu Oct 02, 2014 7:26 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 376651

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipol

Just to clarify for anyone not familiar with the double marble doors commonly found in 4th century BC Macedonian tombs, the picture below of doors in Philip II's tomb at Aegae shows why the archaeologists are excited by today's marble door fragment. It has been a criticism that the lack of marble d...
by Nikas
Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:49 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 376651

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipol

This does not explain why such a magnificent tomb, unless it were originally prepared for someone else who would no longer required? There was a blog post that said that according to Diodorus, Alexander wanted to build a bigger and more glorious tomb for his father. If this is true (i don't have Di...
by Nikas
Fri Sep 12, 2014 7:55 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 376651

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipol

One historian has claimed it was meant for Hephaestion....the candidates are coming out of the woodwork now!
by Nikas
Fri Sep 12, 2014 5:06 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipolis
Replies: 1585
Views: 376651

Re: The Sphinxes Guarding the Lion Tomb Entrance at Amphipol

Ok, as it appears the time of revelation may almost be upon us I cannot prevaricate any longer and will jump in with my two cents for Agesilaus’s list of candidates. Wild speculation it may be, but let’s have a little fun with this anyways! My first three candidates are on the assumption the dating ...