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by Alexias
Thu Nov 28, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: Antiquities auction
Replies: 0
Views: 5856

Antiquities auction

There was an auction at Bonhams recently with some Alexander art works. Interesting to see unknown images: Alexander as Dionysus https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25447/lot/100/?category=list&length=12&page=9 Alexander as Helios https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25447/lot/101/?category=list&am...
by Alexias
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Book reviews
Topic: Download Alexander books
Replies: 0
Views: 5098

Download Alexander books

This website has probably been mentioned before but you can download some Alexander books for free, particularly Heckel's 'Who's who'. https://epdf.pub/search/alexander+the+great

Even if you have the book, an online copy is often useful for searching for something.
by Alexias
Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: Hephaestion bust
Replies: 0
Views: 5509

Hephaestion bust

You can now buy a reproduction of the Hephaestion bust from the Getty online https://www.ancientsculpturegallery.com/hephaestion-head-bust-getty-museum-replica.html They also have lots of Alexander reproductions https://www.ancientsculpturegallery.com/civilization/greek-hellenistic-macedonian/alexan...
by Alexias
Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander sacked the city of Baalbek?
Replies: 9
Views: 3366

Re: Alexander sacked the city of Baalbek?

Hi, I am not quite sure what you want from us. I don't know where your quote is from, but if Alexander sacked the city, it doesn't seem to have done its subsequent history any harm. So what is it you actually want to know? Short of finding an expert who specialises in the history of Lebanese cities,...
by Alexias
Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Philip and Alexander's predecessors
Topic: Callisthenes of Olynthus
Replies: 2
Views: 2031

Re: Callisthenes of Olynthus

The Olynthians had previously occupied Pella, and then harboured two of Philip's half-brothers when they rebelled against him, so Philip had cause to destroy the city. I don't know what happened to the third brother but the Olynthians picked the wrong side (Athens in this case).
by Alexias
Sun Oct 06, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: AtG: what objects do you think are buried with him?
Replies: 5
Views: 6236

Re: AtG: what objects do you think are buried with him?

Without looking it up, I think he had the (alleged) shield of Achilles that he took from Troy, which I think Augustus (or one of the Emperors, maybe Nero) took. Presumably he would also have had a spear and sword, maybe his armour and a gold wreath on his head. These would maybe have been in the gla...
by Alexias
Thu Sep 26, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: Marly horses
Replies: 0
Views: 4880

Marly horses

The Marly horses are a large pair of French 18th cent. sculptures of classical grooms restraining horses. They could possibly represent the Dioscuri, who were associated with horses. They were widely copied in the 19th cent and I picked up a cheap spelter copy of the left hand one, which could pass ...
by Alexias
Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: The Date of Alexander's Birth
Replies: 55
Views: 10150

Re: The Date of Alexander's Birth

Hi, sorry no one else has replied, but there was a long discussion on this here http://www.pothos.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3711&p=35332&hilit=high+timetable#p35295. I don't pretend to understand the intricacies of calculating dates, or how reliable the sources are, for example, calc...
by Alexias
Sat Aug 03, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: New portrait of Alexander
Replies: 2
Views: 2208

Re: New portrait of Alexander

Thanks, Pauline. I've moved it to the other board. Any idea of the date?
by Alexias
Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Hunting and archery
Replies: 8
Views: 3030

Re: Hunting and archery

Hi, others are probably far more knowledgeable than me, but I would guess the following: aristocrats such as Alexander may have used bows and arrows to hunt fowl, but this would have been a diversion rather than a social statement hunting was an aristocratic activity. On the whole, there would have ...
by Alexias
Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander sacked the city of Baalbek?
Replies: 9
Views: 3366

Re: Alexander sacked the city of Baalbek?

I've done an online search through the Alexander sources and there is no mention of Baalbek. The only Heliopolis mentioned is the one in Egypt. I have no idea of the history of Baalbek, but maybe some destruction around the time of Alexander has been attributed to him. However, it doesn't seem to ha...
by Alexias
Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Alexander sacked the city of Baalbek?
Replies: 9
Views: 3366

Re: Alexander sacked the city of Baalbek?

Hi, the name does seem like a spammer :) , but whatever we're grown ups. Where is the quote from? Heliopolis is in Egypt and would seem to mean in Greek 'city of the sun', the sort of name Alexander would give a city, but I don't think he sacked any cities in Egypt. Baalbek is in the Lebanon, so may...
by Alexias
Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Book reviews
Topic: Historical inaccuracies
Replies: 10
Views: 4191

Re: Historical inaccuracies

I would very much agree with what System1988 is saying. There are two issues here: the breaking of the reader's belief in the world the author is creating; and myth-making. The first is occasioned not just by the names used, but by authorial intrusion (telling us the meaning of Greek words), and wor...
by Alexias
Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: Pella tombstone
Replies: 1
Views: 1731

Pella tombstone

I came across this tombstone from Pella in "Pella Alexander's the Great's Capital" by Photios Petsas 1978 IMG_3238a.jpg IMG_3241a.jpg "...of red paint are preserved. The form of the stele, the shape of the letters and the style of the relief date the inscription to the years around 30...
by Alexias
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Book reviews
Topic: "The Lost Chronicles of Alexander"
Replies: 0
Views: 5192

"The Lost Chronicles of Alexander"

by Steve E. Stylianos is supposedly a translation of Ptolemy's work on Alexander, interspersed with the 'translator' filling in the missing bits. There is little difference between the two styles, so not sure why he bothered. It's a harmless enough retelling of Alexander's life, although I am not su...