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by Nicator
Tue Feb 18, 2014 4:31 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Arrian's 'Darters' and 'Targeteers' ??
Replies: 6
Views: 4027

Re: Arrian's 'Darters' and 'Targeteers' ??

I presently have them written as 'skirmishers' and may leave it at that with a footnote. Thanks for the info. :lol:
by Nicator
Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:59 am
Forum: Book reviews
Topic: New book, critique of the Alexander the "Monster".
Replies: 9
Views: 6592

Re: New book, critique of the Alexander the "Monster".

Odd that a book can claim to be based more on the sources and then fail to supply source references! The old canard of avoiding moral judgements whilst supplying apologia :roll: . Only a pschopath or a genius (like Machievelli) could pull off the necessary detachment. Would anyone consider a histor...
by Nicator
Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:18 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Arrian's 'Darters' and 'Targeteers' ??
Replies: 6
Views: 4027

Re: Arrian's 'Darters' and 'Targeteers' ??

Ahh, excellent and timely. Thanks agesilaos. I wrote the entire Sagalassos set piece today but being past 2:00 am here, I'm going to have to do the rewrite tomorrow. Had to pull 3 couplets from the Guagamela set piece over that scythed chariot deal. Few things are more painful than having to delete ...
by Nicator
Mon Feb 17, 2014 1:42 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Arrian's 'Darters' and 'Targeteers' ??
Replies: 6
Views: 4027

Arrian's 'Darters' and 'Targeteers' ??

Hello again Pothosians... I'm presently using an 1812 translation of Arrian by Brooke (because it's one of the only sources I have available on .pdf) that makes mention of Thracian 'Darters' under Sitalces on the left and 'Targeteers' in front on the right at Sagalassos. Does anybody have a clue as ...
by Nicator
Mon Feb 17, 2014 1:36 pm
Forum: The Diadochi
Topic: Antigonus Monopthalmus' Battle at Lycaonia...
Replies: 2
Views: 4020

Re: Antigonus Monopthalmus' Battle at Lycaonia...

It's possible...but I wouldn't give myself that much credit. I think I read something on Pothos many years ago that may have been inaccurate info. The only other battle which I can recall where the scythed chariots were used was under Pharnabazus in 396 b.c.e. He successfully deployed them by doing ...
by Nicator
Mon Feb 17, 2014 10:36 am
Forum: The Diadochi
Topic: Antigonus Monopthalmus' Battle at Lycaonia...
Replies: 2
Views: 4020

Antigonus Monopthalmus' Battle at Lycaonia...

Hello Pothosians, Try as I may, and being out of country, I am woefully lacking source material, I cannot find any information on Antigonus' victory at Lycaonia after the Battle of Issus when Antigonus served as the governor of Phrygia for Alexander. Also needed, are the other Phrygian engagements (...
by Nicator
Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:13 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Crete with Alexander
Replies: 6
Views: 3502

Re: Crete with Alexander

Certainly a few invitations to digress here1 :lol: I do want to address the whole class thing and the structure of Argaead society and will...in a fortnight, I still have to read Hatzopoulis without which pronouncing would be as dumb as taking a stressed out batsman /wicket-keeper to an Ashes serie...
by Nicator
Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:54 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Crete with Alexander
Replies: 6
Views: 3502

Re: Crete with Alexander

...... By the time of Issus, ALexander's fortunes had markedly improved, and he hired increasing numbers of mercenaries. This is a point often overlooked in the overall scheme of things. I don't recall reading anywhere that he'd appropriated such vast sums (3000 Talents) of wealth before Issus. And...
by Nicator
Wed Feb 05, 2014 4:54 pm
Forum: Book reviews
Topic: News from my publisher re SHADOW OF THE LION
Replies: 2
Views: 3308

Re: News from my publisher re SHADOW OF THE LION

Can't wait to see it on a bookstand!
by Nicator
Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:14 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Different colored eyes
Replies: 6
Views: 4863

Re: Different colored eyes

Mary Renault suggested the blow on the head at Cyropolis caused one pupil to dilate, but since the only source is the Romance it would be better to ignore it unless one wants to suggest reasons for Boukephalos' horns and penchant for flesh. :twisted: There was a discussion of this in a thread calle...
by Nicator
Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:58 am
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: Face of Alexander the Great
Replies: 23
Views: 13034

Re: Face of Alexander the Great

3 Hic est Metellus Macedonicus, qui porticus, quae fuerunt circumdatae duabus aedibus sine inscriptione positis, quae nunc Octaviae porticibus ambiuntur, fecerat, quique hanc turmam statuarum equestrium, quae frontem aedium spectant, hodieque maximum ornamentum eius loci, ex Macedonia detulit. 4 Cu...
by Nicator
Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:46 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Conspiracy against Philotas By Waldemar Heckel
Replies: 42
Views: 28541

Re: Conspiracy against Philotas By Waldemar Heckel

Hello Jan, This was one of the topics that I have targeted for a massive rewrite. As I understand, The Philotas Affair, garnered something like 1/3 of Curtius' necrology. With that in mind, I thought that maybe it was worth another look. Importantly... Philotas and father Parmenion, were possibly, m...
by Nicator
Tue Dec 24, 2013 2:52 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Have archaeologists discovered the grave of Alexander?
Replies: 31
Views: 15329

Re: Have archaeologists discovered the grave of Alexander?

...The Roman Church has tested a few relics, there are scientists at the Vatican, so an examination might be possible. I wouldn't trust a single word from the Roman Church concerning anything scientific unless it benefited their ' program '. If they have the body, it's been kept a secret for centur...
by Nicator
Mon Dec 23, 2013 6:12 pm
Forum: Book reviews
Topic: The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon
Replies: 8
Views: 6489

Re: The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon

It seems she did go over to Euboeioa where she observed the tidal bore that Aristotle was examining. Of the few things I did in Greece during my short two week trip there back in '97, I stayed in a hotel for over a week which overlooked that bridge and discussed it with the locals that we were ther...
by Nicator
Tue Dec 03, 2013 12:29 am
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: Pompeii bronze
Replies: 11
Views: 7324

Re: Pompeii bronze

It wouldn't be the 1st Roman bust that was a 'bust'. The face bears no resemblance to ATG at all. But it's always a pleasure to get that off beat pic to add to my bust shot collection.