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by Nikas
Sat Aug 24, 2013 5:06 am
Forum: Book reviews
Topic: New book, critique of the Alexander the "Monster".
Replies: 9
Views: 6607

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

By the way Nikas, the title of the book is Alexander the Great: The Story of an Ancient Life . Whence comes Alexander the "Monster" ? I'm assuming you feel the authors are critiquing a supposed view of Alexander as a monster? Indeed. That is my sensationalist title to imply, from what I gathered fr...
by Nikas
Wed Aug 21, 2013 3:51 pm
Forum: Book reviews
Topic: New book, critique of the Alexander the "Monster".
Replies: 9
Views: 6607

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

Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2013.08.44 Martin Thomas R., Christopher Blackwell, Alexander the Great: The Story of an Ancient Life. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. Pp. xiv, 193 p.. ISBN 9780521148443. $24.99. Reviewed by David W. Madsen, Seattle University ([email protected].edu)...
by Nikas
Sat Mar 30, 2013 4:20 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: About: 1000 deaths
Replies: 9
Views: 3829

Re: About: 1000 deaths

Rather an emotive passage that. One could pen a passage couched in similar emotive terms about Sparta, Thebes and Philip - not to mention Alexander III and his Successors. Perhaps the descendants of those Plataeans who survived Sparta's "settlement" of the town during the Peloponnesian War would su...
by Nikas
Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:44 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Early Articles of Alexander's Tomb
Replies: 5
Views: 3032

Re: Early Articles of Alexander's Tomb

I wonder if when St. John Chrysostom asks to "show me where is the tomb of Alexander", is it rhetorical flourish regarding Alexander's "god-hood" and the non-immortality of man against the eternity of Jesus's kingdom, or is it perhaps a more literal meaning with the body of Alexander having by then ...
by Nikas
Sun Mar 17, 2013 5:37 am
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: Alexander I
Replies: 0
Views: 5082

Alexander I

I recall a discussion regarding the Alexander I moniker "the Philhellene" in a long-ago discourse where I had maintained the two-fold position that this was a later addition to distinguish himself from the more illustrious Alexander III, and that this particular moniker was chosen precisely a poster...
by Nikas
Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:56 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: About: 1000 deaths
Replies: 9
Views: 3829

Re: About: 1000 deaths

Well, that's an interesting view. It might be said that the Megalopolitan view was not in the interests of Greece - or Athens more likely (below). A significant number of Greeks seemingly thought that Philip's interests were not theirs and a significant number of them died making the point. System1...
by Nikas
Sat Dec 22, 2012 11:42 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: About: 1000 deaths
Replies: 9
Views: 3829

Re: About: 1000 deaths

To say the Messenians were desperate seems almost Demosthenic. Was Athens any less a "desperate" case than Messenia as they, after countless futile attempts to cajole, plead, or force Philip to their interests, being outwitted and out-worked at every turn, were now sending out emissaries all over th...
by Nikas
Sat Dec 22, 2012 3:40 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: About: 1000 deaths
Replies: 9
Views: 3829

Re: About: 1000 deaths

I think that would be a particularly Atheno-centric perspective. At the time leading up to, and including Chaeronea and it's aftermath, it would be safe to say that not all Greeks would have felt that way. Certainly Philip had his supporters in many of the polis, and some would have welcomed his int...
by Nikas
Tue Dec 11, 2012 6:48 am
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: Scientists to scan remains of King Philip II
Replies: 79
Views: 38447

Re: Scientists to scan remains of King Philip II

I used to get very confused about the lines of argument from both sides and your post prompted me to look again. This is a picture of the most famous facial reconstruction of the skeleton: http://www.archeolog-home.com/pages/content/vergina-tomb-grece-skeleton-may-be-alexander-the-great-s-father.ht...
by Nikas
Sat Dec 08, 2012 5:13 am
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: Scientists to scan remains of King Philip II
Replies: 79
Views: 38447

Scientists to scan remains of King Philip II

Apparently there is a "substance" on the bones that has been found in other graves that they will be investigating.

http://phantis.co.uk/news/scientists-sc ... ii-macedon
by Nikas
Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:34 am
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: Philip's invasion of Asia
Replies: 8
Views: 5432

Re: Philip's invasion of Asia

Leaving aside the chronology of this campaign, I wonder if it is simply a coincidence that the number of this expeditionary force should number 10,000, assuming it did without me taking the necessary initiative to go look it up :) If it is, perhaps there is an element of symbolism involved, being th...
by Nikas
Fri May 25, 2012 1:36 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander in Guinness book?
Replies: 15
Views: 5329

Re: Alexander in Guinness book?

when he arrived at the Persian Gates,’ he found that Ariobarzanes, the viceroy of Persis, with 40,000 infantry and 700 cavalry, had built a wall across the pass, and had pitched his camp there near the wall to block Alexander’s passage. Then indeed he pitched his camp there; but next day he marshal...
by Nikas
Wed May 23, 2012 12:48 am
Forum: Book reviews
Topic: J.R. Ellis Philip II and Macedonian Imperialism
Replies: 3
Views: 3535

Re: J.R. Ellis Philip II and Macedonian Imperialism

He contributed two chapters to the revised Cambridge Ancient History c1996, 'Macedonia and NW Greece' and 'Creating the Macedonian Hegemony' both in volume VI 'The Fourth Century' beyond that, like Manuel 'I know nurthing' :lol: Thank you Agesilaos. He does not appear to be the most prolific of wri...
by Nikas
Tue May 22, 2012 12:45 am
Forum: Book reviews
Topic: J.R. Ellis Philip II and Macedonian Imperialism
Replies: 3
Views: 3535

J.R. Ellis Philip II and Macedonian Imperialism

Hi everyone, I had read this a number of years ago, and recently found it in a used bookstore for a very attractive price so added it to my collection while enjoying another go with it. It occurred to me, this author hasn't published a book since the mid-seventies from what I can tell. I really enjo...
by Nikas
Mon May 21, 2012 10:22 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander in Guinness book?
Replies: 15
Views: 5329

Re: Alexander in Guinness book?

Paralus wrote:Not all Stathi.
Which ones did he lose?