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by Nikas
Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:17 am
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Head of Hephaestion
Replies: 34
Views: 14631

Re: Head of Hephaestion

Most classical sculpture in Copenhagen museums is at the Glyptotek, so if you do a Google image search on "ny carlsberg alexander" it brings up several works. No bronzes though, marbles only. FWIW, I'm guessing it's this one. http://www.flickr.com/photos/planetstar/2321323261/ Chris. Speaking of th...
by Nikas
Sun Nov 27, 2011 10:40 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Bagoas left behind in Hyrcania
Replies: 65
Views: 26702

Re: Bagoas left behind in Hyrcania

Are there Any situations in the ancient world where a king or commander of a military campaign had put an unlikely person in charge of an important task? Just wondering if it has happened, or if it would have probably been as out of place then, as it would be now. I am assuming that a eunuch would ...
by Nikas
Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:14 pm
Forum: The Diadochi
Topic: Letter of King Philip V
Replies: 3
Views: 2493

Re: Letter of King Philip V

I am sure there are many on here who are interested in many of the archaeological highlights you bring up! Interesting point you make about out that the special distinction between the "soldiery" and the "commoners". Macedon was a great frontier march and as Aristotle says earned by conquest by it's...
by Nikas
Sat Oct 22, 2011 9:19 pm
Forum: The Diadochi
Topic: Letter of King Philip V
Replies: 3
Views: 2493

Re: Letter of King Philip V

Wow, I was not aware of this inscription, thank you for sharing! Fascinating, a letter from a reigning King of Macedon to his officials! Am I also safe in assuming that this letter/inscription would have been meant to be available to be viewed by the common inhabitants?
by Nikas
Thu Jul 07, 2011 1:15 am
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: Philip II of Macedonia: Greater than Alexander
Replies: 244
Views: 79545

Re: Philip II of Macedonia: Greater than Alexander

Myself I would drop the “exceptional”. It may well have been an easy choice for Philip. To me, what’s truly exceptional about it is that Philip picked the man who’d become the most influential philosopher in history. This says something about Philip’s judgement. As for Alexander's intelligence, I p...
by Nikas
Wed Jul 06, 2011 5:34 am
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: Philip II of Macedonia: Greater than Alexander
Replies: 244
Views: 79545

Re: Philip II of Macedonia: Greater than Alexander

Perhaps I should have clarified what was meant by highly educated. It appears Philip took exceptional care to ensure nothing but the best for his heir. Imagine today one of our parents arranging for us the privilege of being tutored by the pre-eminent expert in their respective fields, a leading phi...
by Nikas
Tue Jul 05, 2011 6:55 am
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: Philip II of Macedonia: Greater than Alexander
Replies: 244
Views: 79545

Re: Philip II of Macedonia: Greater than Alexander

Indeed. He laid up an entire store house of incendiaries amidst a group of pyromaniacs, left and failed to supply any manager of the lock and key and wondered why the entire facility burned to the ground. Precisely. If we grant that Alexander was a highly educated and intelligent person which none ...
by Nikas
Tue Jul 05, 2011 6:46 am
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: Philip II of Macedonia: Greater than Alexander
Replies: 244
Views: 79545

Re: Philip II of Macedonia: Greater than Alexander

Nikas, I have to disagree here. The kingdom was perennially most threatened by Persia and Persia was eliminated forever. Certainly, the kingdom in the European sphere was destabilized but only at the cost of a much larger and more powerful dominion overall. It should be noted that Alexander should ...
by Nikas
Tue Jul 05, 2011 6:35 am
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: Philip II of Macedonia: Greater than Alexander
Replies: 244
Views: 79545

Re: Philip II of Macedonia: Greater than Alexander

It's not fair to Alexander to demean him based on the collapse of his kingdom. And what a massive kingdom it was. Had he not taken the whole of the Persian empire, lock, stock, and barrel, it would have been at his doorstep within a few years. Also, like Philip, Alexander had no choice on when he d...
by Nikas
Tue Jul 05, 2011 6:25 am
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: Philip II of Macedonia: Greater than Alexander
Replies: 244
Views: 79545

Re: Philip II of Macedonia: Greater than Alexander

I think its fair to say your litmus test would hold up as a very good way to decide the better king. But is the 'better' king always the 'greater'? We were discussing who was the greater king, and in the days of Alexander, and the days when our precious few sources were being thought up and written...
by Nikas
Sun Jul 03, 2011 5:44 pm
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: Philip II of Macedonia: Greater than Alexander
Replies: 244
Views: 79545

Re: Philip II of Macedonia: Greater than Alexander

Did Philip ever actually claim Alexander to be his heir or was Alexander just the best fit at the time of Philips death? Nikas, Dialogues of the Dead! I just ordered it a few days ago and will have it any time now. Glad to know Philip and Alexander are in there. "Dialogues of the Dead"...sounds lik...
by Nikas
Sun Jul 03, 2011 10:20 am
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: Philip II of Macedonia: Greater than Alexander
Replies: 244
Views: 79545

Re: Philip II of Macedonia: Greater than Alexander

Hello folks and what's in it for the workers?? Apparently, to no longer be a tribe of impoverished vagabonds, running around dressed in skins, feeding a few sheep on hills and feebly fighting Thracians, Triballians, and Illyrians, but instead getting some snazzy new cloaks and getting to live in th...
by Nikas
Sun Jul 03, 2011 6:53 am
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: Philip II of Macedonia: Greater than Alexander
Replies: 244
Views: 79545

Re: Philip II of Macedonia: Greater than Alexander

Forgive the length, but I believe this may be of some interest bearing in mind this topic: Lucan, Dialogues of the Dead 12 (14). PHILIP AND ALEXANDER PHILIP You cannot deny that you are my son this time, Alexander; you would not have died if you had been Ammon's. ALEXANDER I knew all the time that y...
by Nikas
Sun Jul 03, 2011 6:29 am
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: Philip II of Macedonia: Greater than Alexander
Replies: 244
Views: 79545

Re: Philip II of Macedonia: Greater than Alexander

Some great responses in this thread and I guess I will finally wade in to the thick of it, but there should be no ambiguity here: I firmly hold that Philip is the greater. Now such a bald-faced statement does need a little explanation. I am of the opinion that while they are many qualities and defic...
by Nikas
Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:07 am
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: Philip II of Macedonia: Greater than Alexander
Replies: 244
Views: 79545

Re: Philip II of Macedonia: Greater than Alexander

One cannot argue that Philip was as 'up to the task' physically as his electrifying son. One eyed and hobbled...this was a recipe for disaster in a tight pinch. Repeatedly we hear of Alexander getting off horse and attacking on foot. In this type of warfare, the warlord's physique was paramount to ...