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by Xenophon
Mon Feb 13, 2017 1:43 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander the Great...Good or Bad King, or neither? An Essay
Replies: 81
Views: 37819

Re: Alexander the Great...Good or Bad King, or neither? An Essay

I can't offhand give you a specific source, but it wasn't just age that was counted in this way. As most people are aware, the number "zero" is a fairly recent development. In 628 AD, a Hindu astronomer and mathematician named Brahmagupta developed a symbol for zero.By A.D. 773, zero reached Baghdad...
by Xenophon
Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander the Great...Good or Bad King, or neither? An Essay
Replies: 81
Views: 37819

Re: Alexander the Great...Good or Bad King, or neither? An Essay

Alexias wrote: Sounds a bit too much like The Princes in the Tower and Perkin Warbeck, even for me! Of course it does.The very first thing that a 'pretender' must do is establish a plausible lineage, for that is the very foundation of his claim, and will inevitably come under scrutiny before he will...
by Xenophon
Sun Feb 05, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander the Great...Good or Bad King, or neither? An Essay
Replies: 81
Views: 37819

Re: Alexander the Great...Good or Bad King, or neither? An Essay

Alexias wrote: Sorry, I have just re-read this and realised that you are trying to prove that because Heracles' birth is not recorded in the sources, the mention of the death of the first child of Roxane makes Heracles' parentage dubious. This is surely flawed logic as the death of one child does no...
by Xenophon
Sat Feb 04, 2017 1:28 am
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: A King of the Age of Alexander
Replies: 3
Views: 1930

Re: A King of the Age of Alexander

Here is some background information regarding this Thracian tomb, which was discovered intact and unplundered...... Such tombs are extremely rare, of course, and it is a pity this one is not so well known as the tomb of Tutankhamun or Philip II of Macedon. From Wikipaedia: "The Tomb of Seuthes III ,...
by Xenophon
Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Conspiracy against Philotas By Waldemar Heckel
Replies: 42
Views: 27898

Re: Conspiracy against Philotas By Waldemar Heckel

Hi Sandros:-) Waldemar Heckel's paper on Philotas is available on 'JSTOR' here: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1087152?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents If you have access through a library, or other institution you can download it free, otherwise it costs $10 to download, but it can be read online for free...
by Xenophon
Fri Feb 03, 2017 12:26 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander the Great...Good or Bad King, or neither? An Essay
Replies: 81
Views: 37819

Re: Alexander the Great...Good or Bad King, or neither? An Essay

I think that a son of Alexander (either named Heracles or not) did exist. Perhaps he was the same son by Roxane who died (according to Metz Epitome 70) in Autumn 326 b.C. during the Indian campaign. But the Heracles who Polyperchon tried to pass off as Alexander's son was most likely a fake. But wh...
by Xenophon
Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander the Great...Good or Bad King, or neither? An Essay
Replies: 81
Views: 37819

Re: Alexander the Great...Good or Bad King, or neither? An Essay

Paralus wrote: Other than the fact that Curtius has just finished narrating: The rejection of Perdikkas The rejection of Herakles The rejection of the unborn Alexander IV This, of course, leaves only Arrhidaios as the sole heir and the only one acceptable to the Macedonian rank and file. Simple real...
by Xenophon
Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander the Great...Good or Bad King, or neither? An Essay
Replies: 81
Views: 37819

Re: Alexander the Great...Good or Bad King, or neither? An Essay

I'd agree with Hiphys remarks - up to a point. Whilst it proved in the end impossible for Alexander to establish an heir, that was largely his own fault. It was certainly possible for a Macedonian King to arrange for an heir to succeed him - Philip II having Alexander succeed him being a case in poi...
by Xenophon
Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander the Great...Good or Bad King, or neither? An Essay
Replies: 81
Views: 37819

Re: Alexander the Great...Good or Bad King, or neither? An Essay

Q.E.D (that which needs to be proved has been) indeed! :lol: :lol: :lol: .......I could not have asked for better proof of my contention that you have a penchant for being argumentative and combative. Not content with arguing everything I may say, you now attempt to start an argument over what you m...
by Xenophon
Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander the Great...Good or Bad King, or neither? An Essay
Replies: 81
Views: 37819

Re: Alexander the Great...Good or Bad King, or neither? An Essay

Preferring "civilised discussion" to "argument", i.e. heated discussions which lead to ill-feeling, is "silly" is it ? That's yet another unnecessary offensive remark. Such an attitude explains your penchant for being combative, and constantly seeking to 'win' arguments, often purely for argument's ...
by Xenophon
Thu Jan 26, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander the Great...Good or Bad King, or neither? An Essay
Replies: 81
Views: 37819

Re: Alexander the Great...Good or Bad King, or neither? An Essay

Paralus wrote: Xenophon wrote:What detail? Indeed. There is no conversing with one who resolutely refuses to see the point or address the argument. I happily leave you to your upside-down world of preferring the silences of severely summarised epitomes over fuller sources on the same subject. Doubt ...
by Xenophon
Tue Jan 24, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander the Great...Good or Bad King, or neither? An Essay
Replies: 81
Views: 37819

Re: Alexander the Great...Good or Bad King, or neither? An Essay

Paralus wrote: Xenophon wrote:Astounding! Curtius and Justin combined expend just 120 words on the subject of Heracles supposed candidature by either Nearchos or Meleager (and the fact that there are two different proposers is suggestive that it is a fictitious interpolation), and yet Paralus' last...
by Xenophon
Mon Jan 23, 2017 1:58 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander the Great...Good or Bad King, or neither? An Essay
Replies: 81
Views: 37819

Re: Alexander the Great...Good or Bad King, or neither? An Essay

Astounding! Curtius and Justin combined expend just 120 words on the subject of Heracles supposed candidature by either Nearchos or Meleager (and the fact that there are two different proposers is suggestive that it is a fictitious interpolation), and yet Paralus' last post alone is some 2,368 words...
by Xenophon
Sat Jan 21, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander the Great...Good or Bad King, or neither? An Essay
Replies: 81
Views: 37819

Re: Alexander the Great...Good or Bad King, or neither? An Essay

A question: if Heracles was in Pergamon at the time of Alexander's death, why didn't Antigonus or Antipater nab him as a figure head? A very good point, Alexias. Perdiccas would not have been the only one to appreciate the advantages of controlling a 'Royal heir', or even a potential one. If Heracl...
by Xenophon
Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander the Great...Good or Bad King, or neither? An Essay
Replies: 81
Views: 37819

Re: Alexander the Great...Good or Bad King, or neither? An Essay

As I said, the question of whether Herakles was a genuine son of Alexander or not is one frequently debated...... Paralus wrote: The nub of this 'argument' is that Curtius and ("the later") Justin are suspect because neither Diodorus, Arrian or Plutarch mention Herakles in what has become known as t...