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by marcus
Wed May 15, 2013 6:59 pm
Forum: Alexander the Great in the Media
Topic: TV programme
Replies: 23
Views: 19980

Re: TV programme

Alexias wrote:Thanks, I didn't realise it was a series. The episode on Bactra looks interesting.
Although the picture for Episode 2 isn't in Afghanistan. It's Merv, in Turkmenistan.
by marcus
Tue May 07, 2013 7:57 pm
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Replies: 6
Views: 5863

Re: Hanging Gardens of Babylon

Not a new theory Jona mentions it in his piece http://rambambashi.wordpress.com/2009/06/28/common-errors-20-hanging-gardens/ Nor does the 'proof' seem particularly strong, though I have always favoured the Ninevah theory but probably due to a natural perversity rather than any inherent strength in ...
by marcus
Mon May 06, 2013 6:48 pm
Forum: Book reviews
Topic: New book by Frank Holt
Replies: 0
Views: 5586

New book by Frank Holt

Again, I learned of this on RogueClassicism. I did wonder whether it was merely a new edition of Thundering Zeus; but it appears that this is an entirely new book, although there are obviously crossovers. Here's the Amazon (UK) link: Lost World of the Golden King: In Search of Ancient Afghanistan .
by marcus
Mon May 06, 2013 6:42 pm
Forum: Art and Culture
Topic: Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Replies: 6
Views: 5863

Hanging Gardens of Babylon

I suppose this only relates to Alexander inasmuch as it's to do with Babylon; but I did find this very interesting.

As so often is the case, it's from RogueClassicism:

Relocating the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

All the best
by marcus
Sun May 05, 2013 11:04 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Hephaistion's pyre question
Replies: 115
Views: 37657

Re: Hephaistion's pyre question

Marcus, I see that it is possible to "Lock" a topic. Now you come to mention it, I remember seeing that function, but have never used it. I don't believe it is our job as moderators to 'shut down' a thread. If we are able to curb the excesses of the 'scholarly debate', then all well and g...
by marcus
Sun May 05, 2013 8:10 am
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Hephaistion's pyre question
Replies: 115
Views: 37657

Re: Hephaistion's pyre question

Moderators, we have moved completely away from evidence based comment to imaginative fiction, at least on Taphoi's part....it is surely time to close this thread ! But this is so much fun! :D Seriously, gents, I don't think it's possible to 'close' a thread. I know what you mean, but surely the thr...
by marcus
Thu May 02, 2013 7:47 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Hephaistion's pyre question
Replies: 115
Views: 37657

Re: Hephaistion's pyre question

I can't speak for the other mods ... I certainly haven't. I haven't had much time to look at the forum recently, let alone delete anything ... :D However, I do agree with Amyntoros. By all means criticise each other's arguments, logic, process of historical enquiry, etc.; but there are times when t...
by marcus
Sun Apr 07, 2013 2:37 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Hephaistion's pyre question
Replies: 115
Views: 37657

Re: Hephaistion's pyre question

delos13 wrote:sorry, not sure what went wrong with "quote" use in this post....if you know how to correct it, I'd appreciate your help.
I've done it for you.

You have to make sure that, at the end of the section you are quoting, you put: [/quote].

ATB
by marcus
Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:22 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Hephaistion's pyre question
Replies: 115
Views: 37657

Re: Hephaistion's pyre question

Hello, everyone: Since it's my first post and till now I was just browsing here, never commenting on anything, I think it will be polite to start with a short introduction. Hi Delos. I'm not at home at the moment, and I'm about to disappear on holiday for a couple of weeks, so I'm not in a position...
by marcus
Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:19 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Battle Of Pandosia
Replies: 28
Views: 11719

Re: Battle Of Pandosia

the one and only ancient source that records how Alexander the Great reacted after knowing his uncle's fate is Justin (12, 3). Hey Hiphys! Thank you for that valuable piece of information! I really appreciate it. Interestingly, here on pothos.org, it says : Justin suggests that Alexander the Great ...
by marcus
Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:43 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Battle Of Pandosia
Replies: 28
Views: 11719

Re: Battle Of Pandosia

Btw, a quickie to Marcus and the rest of you in England. What IS going on with the weather there? You have New York blizzard conditions and we have 60 degree weather!!! I wish I knew! I had to spend 15 minutes clearing the snow off the car this morning, just to go to the supermarket. It's been snow...
by marcus
Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:41 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Battle Of Pandosia
Replies: 28
Views: 11719

Re: Battle Of Pandosia

I also think he knew where to draw the line. You could only go so far with "bigging up" and he was probably careful, too, so as not to elicit any discord or be held up to ridicule. He walked a fine line, and he knew it, too. See Agesilaos' comments about Kleitos the Black. I don't think w...
by marcus
Sat Mar 23, 2013 5:15 pm
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Battle Of Pandosia
Replies: 28
Views: 11719

Re: Battle Of Pandosia

Yes, you are quite right in saying so. But the persians hardly held the greeks in high regard either, so I wouldn't get too hung up on the stone-throwing and hurling of derogatory viewpoints either way. As for the "fighting quality" of the Italic men... well, everything is relative. I wou...
by marcus
Sat Mar 23, 2013 11:57 am
Forum: Alexander's contemporaries
Topic: Battle Of Pandosia
Replies: 28
Views: 11719

Re: Battle Of Pandosia

2. Laying mortally wounded Alexander I is said to have commented on how (paraphrasing) his famous nephew waged war against women, while he himself fought men! If that comment was truly made, it was not only totally misplaced but also spiteful. I would love to know how Alexander reacted to it, in ca...
by marcus
Sun Mar 17, 2013 4:57 pm
Forum: Discuss Alexander the Great
Topic: Early Articles of Alexander's Tomb
Replies: 5
Views: 3087

Re: Early Articles of Alexander's Tomb

I wouldn't really recomend the novel to anyone. It doesn't seem to know what it is - thriller, semi-historial treatise (there are long passages of explanation), or personal memoir of time Hemingway (an archaeologist and curator at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art) spent excavating in Crete a...