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by Paralus
Sat Jul 17, 2021 6:38 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: A B Bosworth: Conquest and Empire
Replies: 6
Views: 156

Re: A B Bosworth: Conquest and Empire

No, what he describes is that by the Indian campaign, and increasingly throughout it, Alexander's troops - particularly the Macedonians - had become a well oiled machine long unured to killing. Also very good at it. By campaign's end these men would see killing no different to any other everyday act...
by Paralus
Tue Jul 13, 2021 11:58 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Tomb of Olympias?
Replies: 3
Views: 190

Re: Tomb of Olympias?

Published in September Pauline?

Here's hoping in both Greek and English.
by Paralus
Tue Jul 13, 2021 11:57 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: A B Bosworth: Conquest and Empire
Replies: 6
Views: 156

Re: A B Bosworth: Conquest and Empire

The Indian campaigns and massacres are covered in some depth in Triumph and Tragedy which, again, is well worth a read. Having read this one can well understand the nature of Alexander's veterans on display post his death. The eradication of the cityof the Larandians (and Isaurians), the murder of P...
by Paralus
Sun Jul 11, 2021 7:28 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Tomb of Olympias?
Replies: 3
Views: 190

Tomb of Olympias?

From my news feed comes this from The Greek City Times relating the conclusions of Emeritus Professor Athanasios Bidas: Following archeological excavations carried out at the Tomb of Korinos in northern Greece, Emeritus Professor Athanasios Bidas confirmed that the tomb of the wife of King Philip an...
by Paralus
Sun Jul 11, 2021 7:08 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: A B Bosworth: Conquest and Empire
Replies: 6
Views: 156

Re: A B Bosworth: Conquest and Empire

Whenever I have a few minutes (not often), I have been trying to read A B Bosworth 'Conquest and Empire'. It isn't a book for novices in Alexander studies as it unconsciously assumes an existing familiarity with Alexander's career and world, but it is very readable and highly enthusiastic. I have o...
by Paralus
Fri Jul 02, 2021 10:43 am
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: R. Taylor, The Macedonian Phalanx (2020)
Replies: 1
Views: 80

Re: R. Taylor, The Macedonian Phalanx (2020)

Another book I shall need to purchase.
by Paralus
Wed Oct 14, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The palace at Pella
Replies: 1
Views: 790

The palace at Pella

Interesting article detailing discoveries at ancient Pella including the palace in which Alexander grew up and lived. Somewhat more interesting, to myself, will be the results (eventually) from the work being undertaken tracing and describing the ancient port of Pella. https://www.archaeology.wiki/b...
by Paralus
Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Xenophon
Replies: 11
Views: 3982

Re: Xenophon

A man of the sources Jeanne, though I disagreed with his reading of those sources often enough. That is par for any historical course as we know. I'm engaged elsewhere on the detail of Gaugamela and it is here that I miss Paul's real world or practical view of an army's physical constraints in battl...
by Paralus
Tue Jun 09, 2020 5:44 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Did Alexander command the PHALANX at Chaeronea?
Replies: 122
Views: 68068

Re: Did Alexander command the PHALANX at Chaeronea?

None of this is new. John Ma (Chaironeia 338: Topographies of Commemoration, JHS Vol. 128 [2008], pp. 72-91) covered the battlefield archaeology in detail. He notes not only head wounds may come from kopides (and cavalry) but also many cut marks to shin bones. One skull, in particular, shows the fel...
by Paralus
Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: The Diadochi
Topic: Battle of Magnesia
Replies: 55
Views: 32625

Re: Battle of Magnesia

Papyrus Stories has a case study of the troubles keeping papyri organized and legible and repairing or recopying them when they fell apart in Roman Egypt https://papyrus-stories.com/2020/03/06/law-and-the-art-of-bookroll-maintenance/ I'm not so sure I want to read it: just another reason, among man...
by Paralus
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: The Diadochi
Topic: "Bloody Tourists": Pyrrhus and Mediterranean Tours of Martial Opportunity
Replies: 7
Views: 2275

Re: "Bloody Tourists": Pyrrhus and Mediterranean Tours of Martial Opportunity

7 Afterword and Bibliographical Essay While space doesn’t permit a full discussion, several points need to be made about our only complete source, Plutarch (less fulsome ancient sources – Diodorus, Dionysius, Zonaras, Appian, etc – are noted throughout the text). The portrait in the preceding pages...
by Paralus
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: The Diadochi
Topic: "Bloody Tourists": Pyrrhus and Mediterranean Tours of Martial Opportunity
Replies: 7
Views: 2275

Re: "Bloody Tourists": Pyrrhus and Mediterranean Tours of Martial Opportunity

6 Oh where are we now? Macedonia, Sparta and Argos. In spring 274, having rested what remained of his army in Epirus, Pyrrhus enrolled Gallic mercenaries with what funds he had and promptly invaded Macedonia. The raid was little more than a financing operation ( Pyrrh 26.3). Antigonos Gonatas took ...
by Paralus
Tue Mar 31, 2020 1:16 am
Forum: The Diadochi
Topic: "Bloody Tourists": Pyrrhus and Mediterranean Tours of Martial Opportunity
Replies: 7
Views: 2275

Re: "Bloody Tourists": Pyrrhus and Mediterranean Tours of Martial Opportunity

4 From Dorking it’s back to Rochdale… Sicilian Interlude In the summer of 278 Pyrrhus reached a divided Syracuse. The Carthaginians, who held the west of Sicily, abandoned the city rather than defend against both land and sea invasion. Pyrrhus entered the city as a saviour and Sosistratus, “master ...
by Paralus
Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: The Diadochi
Topic: "Bloody Tourists": Pyrrhus and Mediterranean Tours of Martial Opportunity
Replies: 7
Views: 2275

Re: "Bloody Tourists": Pyrrhus and Mediterranean Tours of Martial Opportunity

3 From Ocho Rios to Dorking… Bloody Tourists I : Empire in the West In 281, the last of Alexander’s Diadochoi, Seleucus and Lysimachus, met in battle at Corupedion. Lysimachus lost the battle, his kingdom and his life while Seleucus was poised to unite Alexander’s empire (the Ptolemaic kingdom asid...
by Paralus
Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: The Diadochi
Topic: "Bloody Tourists": Pyrrhus and Mediterranean Tours of Martial Opportunity
Replies: 7
Views: 2275

Re: "Bloody Tourists": Pyrrhus and Mediterranean Tours of Martial Opportunity

The numbers are, for the most part, believable. What I'd question are the numbers given for Demetrios in 302. While these include a core of Macedonians, the rest are Balkan (Greek, Illyrian, etc). I'd suggest they're exaggerated, but more after I complete the formatting and upload.