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by sean_m
Sat Jun 12, 2021 5:04 pm
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: A poem to roses- New findings in Aegae
Replies: 2
Views: 101

Re: A poem to roses- New findings in Aegae

Thank you system_1988

That is a good poem for the time of Philip V (and for those of us who are stuck in life!)
by sean_m
Sat Jun 12, 2021 5:04 pm
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: R. Taylor, The Macedonian Phalanx (2020)
Replies: 0
Views: 4

R. Taylor, The Macedonian Phalanx (2020)

I have a review of Richard Taylor's "The Macedonian Phalanx" up https://bookandsword.com/2021/06/12/rev ... n-phalanx/
by sean_m
Wed Feb 10, 2021 7:27 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: what is the origin of this proverb
Replies: 11
Views: 42228

Re: what is the origin of this proverb

All the peoples of Iran are great and creative and kind, and I don't know anyone who had to fight them who said they were not tough, but ...
Persian wrote: Tue Feb 02, 2021 7:59 amPersians are not lambs. Persians united 44% of world population under one government.
according to an anonymous Wikipedia editor in 2013.
by sean_m
Fri Jan 15, 2021 9:39 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The inscription of Bahariya temple
Replies: 4
Views: 1126

Re: The inscription of Bahariya temple

Happy New Year! I'm glad to recommend this paper by Francisco Bosch-Puche: 'L' "autel" du temple d'Alexandre à Bahariya retrouvé ', BIFAO 108 (2008), pp. 29-44.(I found it in Academia.edu). The author has found again an altar and a stele of a temple excavated in 1938 in Bahariya, but misl...
by sean_m
Fri Jan 15, 2021 9:30 pm
Forum: The Diadochi
Topic: New book on Ptolemaic armies
Replies: 0
Views: 1966

New book on Ptolemaic armies

Spreading an understanding of Hellenistic armies as armies (versus the narrative drawn from pro-Roman writers and modern orient stereotypes that they were just Alexander's army but bloated and passive) is like trying to get a 40er to turn about or thousands of cavalry to halt a charge. There is a ne...
by sean_m
Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:29 am
Forum: 'Off-topic' forum
Topic: HAPPY CHRISTMAS!
Replies: 2
Views: 1626

Re: HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

you too A. As I said elsewhere, I think we need to treat our problems as the structural problems which require long-term solutions which they are. None of them is going to shrivel up when a new invention or a new leader or a new year arrives. Alexander did not march to the Indus in a year!
by sean_m
Thu Nov 26, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Three books on the Achaemenids
Replies: 3
Views: 1932

Re: Three books on the Achaemenids

Glad to see Brosius's book. I use her smaller one, The Persians , in my ANE class. Will be sure to put the new one on order. But what do you mean she "quit" the ancient racket? Last time we talked, she was about to take early retirement from the University of Toronto and look for somethin...
by sean_m
Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: Cavalry battle from Lycia
Replies: 2
Views: 1876

Re: Cavalry battle from Lycia

You are welcome! A chapter in Lâtife Summerer and Alexander von Kienlin's book The return of colours (2010) talks about possible connections between these painted tombs and the painted tombs in Tuscany in the same period. Refugees from Phocaea sailed west to Italy.
by sean_m
Tue Nov 17, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: Cavalry battle from Lycia
Replies: 2
Views: 1876

Cavalry battle from Lycia

Pothosians will know the beautiful painted tombs from Macedonia around Alexander's time. As usual, the Persians got there first. There is one colour photo of the battle scene from the Karaburun II tumulus in Lycia at https://www.cabinet.ox.ac.uk/karaburun-tumulus-ii-early-5th-century-bc-1#/media=598...
by sean_m
Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:39 am
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Three books on the Achaemenids
Replies: 3
Views: 1932

Three books on the Achaemenids

One which came out a few years ago, one which is new, and one which is in editing. Waters, Matthew (2014) Ancient Persia: A Concise History of the Achaemenid Empire, 550–330 BCE (Cambridge University Press: New York) I read this and its a good concise overview which tries to be 'cutting edge' which ...
by sean_m
Sat Nov 14, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: Philip II by Ed Anson
Replies: 1
Views: 1839

Re: Philip II by Ed Anson

Adrian Goldsworthy has also returned to ancient history with a book on Philip and Alexander ( Philip and Alexander – kings and conquerors , Head of Zeus (UK) / Basic Books (USA)). The publishers picked Tom Holland, Barry Strauss, and Victor Davis Hanson to write blurbs which includes some controvers...
by sean_m
Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: "Armed Force in the Teispid-Achaemenid Empire" Published
Replies: 0
Views: 1542

"Armed Force in the Teispid-Achaemenid Empire" Published

My first book is coming out from Franz Steiner Verlag this month: "Armed Force in the Teispid-Achaemenid Empire: Past Approaches, Future Prospects." Its the first book on Achaemenid armies since 1992, and the first written by someone who can read any ancient Near Eastern language. It conta...
by sean_m
Fri Jul 03, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: apocryphal 10 men over the cliff
Replies: 5
Views: 1209

Re: apocryphal 10 men over the cliff

Everyone knows about the Nietschean influence on John Milius's Conan the Barbarian (1982) but I did not know about Dietrich Bonhoefer's influence! I remember a similar story about the Old Man of the Mountain. Closed social media and the political economy of publishing are encouraging all of these an...
by sean_m
Sun May 03, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: 'Off-topic' forum
Topic: Hiding treasure for eternity
Replies: 2
Views: 3019

Re: Hiding treasure for eternity

Thank you!

I recently read an excellent paper working through the reasons why hoards might be deposited in FRANÇOIS de CALLATAŸ, "Coin Deposits and Civil Wars in a Long-term Perspective (c.400 BC–1950 AD)" which is available on academia dot edu
by sean_m
Thu Apr 16, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: The Diadochi
Topic: Battle of Magnesia
Replies: 55
Views: 32309

Re: Battle of Magnesia

At least we have some Greek manuscripts on India, my understanding is that with the climate in India + the habit of writing on palm leaves (just as fragile as papyrus) + invasions and changes in religion we have very little early Indian writing other than Buddhist texts and Sanskrit linguistics and ...