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by SpartanJKM
Fri Dec 25, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander sacked the city of Baalbek?
Replies: 9
Views: 3244

Re: Alexander sacked the city of Baalbek?

Hi all. Thanks for the sources there, Alexias. It must have been occupied by Alexander’s forces; Baalbek was located amid the action after Issus, and enviably situated in a fertile valley with a flowing nearby water-source. During Greek and Roman times, broadly identified, it was indeed known as Hel...
by SpartanJKM
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:33 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Did Alexander command the PHALANX at Chaeronea?
Replies: 122
Views: 67125

Re: Did Alexander command the PHALANX at Chaeronea?

Greetings. An interesting new book just came out (November of 2019), titled New Approaches to Greek and Roman Warfare (edited by one Lee L. Brice ); it’s a compilation of essays from various scientific specialists who aim, through new evidence from modern archaeology and skeletal biology, etc., to h...
by SpartanJKM
Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:43 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Did Alexander command the PHALANX at Chaeronea?
Replies: 122
Views: 67125

Re: Did Alexander command the PHALANX at Chaeronea?

Can you explain to me how these "cavalry squadrons were marshaled at certain points along the front with their preponderant infantry lines" and how they then exploited gaps at angles? You really don’t understand this hypothesis? Is this some sort of trifling challenge over ‘proper’ semant...
by SpartanJKM
Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Did Alexander command the PHALANX at Chaeronea?
Replies: 122
Views: 67125

Re: Did Alexander command the PHALANX at Chaeronea?

Carolyn Willekes , From the Steppe to the Stable: Horses and Horsemanship in the Ancient World (2013), pp. 318-319, "...cavalry would only very rarely attack a massed infantry formation head on. The reasons for this are straightforward enough: basic equine behavior does not encourage a horse t...
by SpartanJKM
Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Did Alexander command the PHALANX at Chaeronea?
Replies: 122
Views: 67125

Re: Did Alexander command the PHALANX at Chaeronea?

I don't think Polyaenus' excerpt of 4.2.8 was necessarily a doublet of Frontinus' similar one at all (both of them would not tell us of both ruses, presumably, as they would be in the same chapter of the same figure, and that would be redundant), not because it would be below a member of the 'strata...
by SpartanJKM
Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:32 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Did Alexander command the PHALANX at Chaeronea?
Replies: 122
Views: 67125

Re: Did Alexander command the PHALANX at Chaeronea?

My apologies, Xenophon - I was a little impetuous in my last response. I am in total agreement with you: the ancient sources should by checked better, and thanks for opening my eyes to be more careful. I'm all for modern revisionism when it is well calculated, but on checking all the referenced anci...
by SpartanJKM
Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Did Alexander command the PHALANX at Chaeronea?
Replies: 122
Views: 67125

Re: Did Alexander command the PHALANX at Chaeronea?

...You really should check the sources rather than rely on secondary modern authors [such as the unreliable Richard Gabriel?]. As you can see below, there is no mention of a night attack, nor of who was involved and the only commander mentioned is Philip himself... I do check the sources (and they ...
by SpartanJKM
Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Did Alexander command the PHALANX at Chaeronea?
Replies: 122
Views: 67125

Re: Did Alexander command the PHALANX at Chaeronea?

Robert L. O'Connell , The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic (2010), pp. 5-6, "...All we really have are words, preserved for us in the most haphazard fashion out of a much larger body of literature. So the study of ancient history is roughly analogous to scr...
by SpartanJKM
Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Did Alexander command the PHALANX at Chaeronea?
Replies: 122
Views: 67125

Re: Did Alexander command the PHALANX at Chaeronea?

EDIT: ... and Attalus commanded one of the phalanx brigades at Hydaspes (Agrianian units at Granicus and Gaugamela, with Coenus leading cavalry at the Hydaspes. I should have just opined ' Parmenio and Antipitar ; the latter's night breakthrough at Amphissa prior to Chaeronea was effected with caval...
by SpartanJKM
Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Did Alexander command the PHALANX at Chaeronea?
Replies: 122
Views: 67125

Re: Did Alexander command the PHALANX at Chaeronea?

Boy, it feels very edifying I was able to recharge such a fascinating thread. Thanks for your scholarly input, Paralus et el. Come Sunday I'll continue amid the discussion in detail. Forgive me, I was in error on some detail in attempting to support my view that the Macedonian cavalry took part in t...
by SpartanJKM
Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Did Alexander command the PHALANX at Chaeronea?
Replies: 122
Views: 67125

Re: Did Alexander command the PHALANX at Chaeronea?

Sorry, I did it again! :o

I have to become used to the feature on here that when one edits a post, it gets deleted pending approval. I had to add something I considered paramount. I'll leave it alone no matter what else I may think of amid my theories when it goes back up. Great stuff on here!
by SpartanJKM
Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:38 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Did Alexander command the PHALANX at Chaeronea?
Replies: 122
Views: 67125

Re: Did Alexander command the PHALANX at Chaeronea?

Thanks for responding Paralus. Indeed, when I found this thread I didn't realize initially how old it was, hence the absence of any mention as source-material of the recent biographies of Philip II by Ian Worthington and Richard A. Gabriel . Thank you for the references: the article by Sears and Wil...
by SpartanJKM
Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Did Alexander command the PHALANX at Chaeronea?
Replies: 122
Views: 67125

Re: Did Alexander command the PHALANX at Chaeronea?

Hi Alexias. My apologies - I kept editing the post with minor points and corrected grammar. I'll leave it now. I will state my agreement that Alexander's supposed pivotal role as the leader of the Macedonian left wing at Chaeronea may be exaggerated, as that would make for the kind of heroic image h...
by SpartanJKM
Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:18 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Did Alexander command the PHALANX at Chaeronea?
Replies: 122
Views: 67125

Re: Did Alexander command the PHALANX at Chaeronea?

Perhaps Alexander led a mounted phalanx with sarisae?? Yes! This is worth consideration, Paralus; I was scouting to see if someone mentioned Plutarch's specific wording that the Thebans lay slain after facing the long spears of Philip's phalanx, and I apologize if somebody mentioned it earlier and ...