jan wrote:I know that Roxanne killed Darius's daughter after Alexander's death to protect her son, but the point was that she was jealous from the time of first meeting to the end. I just phrased it poorly. Thanks for catching that as I liked that distinction. You are correct. I meant my idea is that she is jealous from day one as anyone would be who is "in love" with him.
Except, Jan, that I don't remember there being any mention of Roxane being "jealous" at any point in their relationship. Maybe I'm wrong (because I've just spent a long and frustrating time on the phone to the phone company, trying to get my wireless connection working again, and I can't be bothered to look it up), but you are projecting your unevidenced opinions on us again, which really doesn't push your argument on.
jan wrote:But England is such a land of mystics and spiritualists, I am surprised that you are so dubious about those of us who have such experiences. One of my favorites is Ena Twigg, who is an English spiritualist.
First of all, I don't think I have ever suggested that you take any drugs, Jan. I admit that I have been extremely sceptical of your "spiritual" journeys, but I don't believe I have ever suggested that you have experienced them under the influence of drugs. Second, I don't know which part of England is a land of mystics and spiritualists - certainly nowhere I've been. To me, England is a land of distinctly un-spiritual sceptics (like myself
jan wrote: The others that I mentioned are so obvious to me that I would think that anyone would see that.
Not a very strong argument, I'm afraid. Quotations from recognised sources would be rather more helpful.
jan wrote: I appreciated the way that Manfredi conjured his idea for the Gordian Knot. Mine is a bit simpler.
Well, we each have our view of Manfredi ...
jan wrote:Callisthenes had actually visited Mieza when Alexander was a student there as well, so that the students and Alexander knew who he was long before he became his official historian. He is another who is in the Philotas mold of having spent time together in Alexander's youth but who became a victim for the right or wrong reasons also.
Yet another statement for which there is no proof, I'm afraid. Why on earth should
Callisthenes have visited Mieza? I'm not saying he didn't, but there's nothing in the sources that suggests that he did.
jan wrote:He had to have had a certain contempt for Alexander to have responded to his having been shunned with the words, "Well, then I won't get a kiss."
Not at all. The comment shows his disdain for the idea of proskynesis
, not contempt for Alexander.
Marcus mentioned Ian Worthington, and I wrote a scene especially for him. That is a chapter with the beautiful prostitute that Olympias found for him...