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by Xenophon
Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:43 pm
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: The Kasta tomb Amphipolis - not a "Macedonian" tomb?
Replies: 44
Views: 15867

Re: The Kasta tomb Amphipolis - not a "Macedonian" tomb?

Yes, I believe so....see my previous post. " The burial chamber was entered from the south through a double door. The ante-chamber has a flat ceiling and its walls have painted representations of a sprinkler and an altar. Over the door leading into the burial chamber are the names of the first ...
by Xenophon
Sun Oct 23, 2016 2:10 am
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: The Kasta tomb Amphipolis - not a "Macedonian" tomb?
Replies: 44
Views: 15867

Re: The Kasta tomb Amphipolis - not a "Macedonian" tomb?

Zebedee wrote: If we're looking solely for a facade, we also run into things like the Tomb of Lysson and Kallikles (Lefkadia) which is pretty much the door and its lintel isn't it? I'm just illustrating that idiosyncratic designs will have curious features. My personal view is that this is that lit...
by Xenophon
Sat Oct 22, 2016 6:36 am
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: The Kasta tomb Amphipolis - not a "Macedonian" tomb?
Replies: 44
Views: 15867

Re: The Kasta tomb Amphipolis - not a "Macedonian" tomb?

Zebedee wrote: I'm very familiar with that short overview, having cited it numerous times including in this thread. :D And as I've repeated again in this thread, tombs without facades are found, only they are later than the date of this particular tomb at Amphipolis. eg the late third century Amphi...
by Xenophon
Sat Oct 22, 2016 2:57 am
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: The Kasta tomb Amphipolis - not a "Macedonian" tomb?
Replies: 44
Views: 15867

Re: The Kasta tomb Amphipolis - not a "Macedonian" tomb?

According to the latest news, Mihalis Lefantzis announced that the limestone bricks that were used behind the marble ones at the tomb came from the Amphipolis wall, and the total length that was removed from the wall is equivalent to that for the construction of the tomb. Based on coins that were f...
by Xenophon
Sat Oct 22, 2016 2:27 am
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: The Kasta tomb Amphipolis - not a "Macedonian" tomb?
Replies: 44
Views: 15867

Re: The Kasta tomb Amphipolis - not a "Macedonian" tomb?

The pic I posted of Heuzey's tomb also clearly shows a facade. :) But it does also indicate that multiple chambers aren't unknown in Macedonia at the time period. Absolutely, as we both know, the absence of a facade is quite odd - but only within a specific time period. The first tomb without a fac...
by Xenophon
Fri Oct 21, 2016 5:58 am
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: The Kasta tomb Amphipolis - not a "Macedonian" tomb?
Replies: 44
Views: 15867

Re: The Kasta tomb Amphipolis - not a "Macedonian" tomb?

By all means play 'devil's advocate ! :) After all, the point of posting a hypothesis is to have it tested by other members! Playing devil's advocate. ;) Are we sure that the form of the tomb now is the form of the 'original' tomb? We know that this tomb had phases of development/decoration after th...
by Xenophon
Wed Oct 19, 2016 5:15 am
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: The Kasta tomb Amphipolis - not a "Macedonian" tomb?
Replies: 44
Views: 15867

Re: The Kasta tomb Amphipolis - not a "Macedonian" tomb?

And some more Macedonian tomb facades......and there are plenty more.
by Xenophon
Wed Oct 19, 2016 5:12 am
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: The Kasta tomb Amphipolis - not a "Macedonian" tomb?
Replies: 44
Views: 15867

Re: The Kasta tomb Amphipolis - not a "Macedonian" tomb?

As a postscript to my post, see if you think the Kasta tomb entrance is of "Macedonian" type....... (BTW There are one or more actual Macedonian tombs at Amphipolis from around this time. A Macedonian would presumably be laid to rest in this type....) One of these is not like the other one...
by Xenophon
Wed Oct 19, 2016 5:05 am
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: The Kasta tomb Amphipolis - not a "Macedonian" tomb?
Replies: 44
Views: 15867

The Kasta tomb Amphipolis - not a "Macedonian" tomb?

Taphoi wrote on the “Sphinxes thread”: “ This tomb is from long after the Macedonian conquest and Amphipolis was an Athenian colony anyway. The Persephone mosaic is purely Greek in its inspiration. Ditto the lion, the Nikes on ships' prows, sphinxes, Klodones, the egg & dart decorations, the arc...
by Xenophon
Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:15 am
Forum: The Diadochi
Topic: Battle of Magnesia
Replies: 55
Views: 32596

Re: Battle of Magnesia

But while Rome may not have had 'skin in the game' directly, she did so indirectly through her relationship with Pergamum. Readers may have noticed in my previous post that Pergamum was a long standing "Friend of Rome". This was a formal arrangement, an alliance between large power and sm...
by Xenophon
Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:33 pm
Forum: The Diadochi
Topic: Battle of Magnesia
Replies: 55
Views: 32596

Re: Battle of Magnesia

Paralus wrote: Rome had no skin and no standing in Asia; Antiochos most certainly did. Up to a point, there is some truth in that, for Rome,both before and after Magnesia showed little interest in Asia, despite its fabled wealth - Rome annexed no territory in Asia, and as can be seen from the maps ...
by Xenophon
Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:44 am
Forum: The Diadochi
Topic: Battle of Magnesia
Replies: 55
Views: 32596

Re: Battle of Magnesia

I've been meaning to add to Paralus' post of Sept 3, in which poor Eumenes II of Pergamum got something of a 'bad press' as the instigator of the war between Rome and Antiochus III. " The real irritant in Roman / Seleukid relations and the driver of this war was the Attalid Eumenes who followed...
by Xenophon
Mon Sep 19, 2016 4:29 am
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: Visits to Alexandrian Places
Replies: 10
Views: 4099

Re: Visits to Alexandrian Places

For those who have not been to 'Alexandrian' places, or cannot do so, there is also 'Google Earth' and documentaries such as Michael Wood's "In the footsteps of Alexander the Great".

Only a pale shadow of the real experience perhaps, but still worthwhile.........
by Xenophon
Tue Aug 09, 2016 5:44 am
Forum: The Diadochi
Topic: Battle of Magnesia
Replies: 55
Views: 32596

Re: Battle of Magnesia

Paralus wrote: As noted above, it is a great shame that Poybios has not survived in this regard. Antiochos was clearly no incontinent coward as presented here. Polybios clearly dealt with him in some detail for, as he notes early in his work, the Seleukid king was one of the major stars (Philip V, P...
by Xenophon
Sun Aug 07, 2016 12:45 am
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: Alexander sculpture
Replies: 9
Views: 3594

Re: Alexander sculpture

Yes, the horseman in the statute could be anyone. But who is the horseman on the coins? Any particular god or hero? Unknown I'm afraid - they could be generic, simply representational of Tarentum's famous cavalry, a form of advertising! Still, the origin may be some local God or Hero, otherwise unk...