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We've had a couple of new members who have joined lately who don't look to be the usual spammers. So, in order to generate some activity in the forum, I'd like to invite them to ask a question about Alexander. It doesn't matter how noddy or silly the question might seem, I, or I'm sure someone else, will do our best to answer. So, please, ask away!
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Hi all,
I contributed some posts here near on two decades ago. Have been having some fun reacquainting myself with some of those posts. Have to say I sounded like a nasty person back then :shock: l hope I've mellowed over the years. :D I spent a few hours reading over some of the conversation we had back then,and apart from some poor attitude on my behalf, found them to be most informative and fun. They were good days.

Have been re-reading some of my ATG material of late and it inspired me to pop by and say hello.

hello.
cheers!
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Hi, welcome back!

I am afraid we don't have many active members left, so any contributions would be most welcome.
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Regards Smitty and welcome back!
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Hello everyone!

What are two or three best sources on the first two years of ATG’s kingship? Thank you!
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Sweetmemory, the first 2 years are, alas, too often overlooked in scholarship, the razing of Thebes aside. Aside from the primary sources, already listed, there are a couple articles about those years as well.

A rather interesting take comes from Tim Howe, "Cleopatra-Eurydike, Olympias, and a 'Weak' Alexander." A lot of Tim's stuff isn't available fully (for copyright reasons), but this is now an older article that he's made available. Despite the title, it's not a slam at Alexander, so much as a look at his position immediately following his father's murder, with a rather surprising suggestion about Philip's last wife--but a reasonable one that helps to better explain Olympias's apparent "viciousness."

In any case, it's one of the more recent articles that looks at Alexander's first year or two, including (of course) citation of original sources.
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Interesting article, thanks, although some of the statements are a bit sweeping. Alexander's first couple of years as king were scarcely chaotic - challenging might be a better word. Alexander clearly knew what his priorities were and set about dealing with them methodically, and his position was scarcely weak as he had the support of Antipater, Parmenion and he appears to have had the loyalty of the army.

The idea that he might have considered marrying Cleopatra-Eurydike is interesting, although one out of three successors to assassinated kings marrying their predecessors' wives scarcely makes him unique. It seems unlikely though that he would have married her. If she were still alive in September 335 BC, a year or more after Philip's death, if he had felt he needed to marry her, he would surely have done so straight away. It is unlikely that he would have done so though as it would have given Attalus too much importance, and besides, Olympias probably wouldn't have let him. Maybe that is why she murdered Cleopatra - to stop anyone else marrying her.
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