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Wed, Mar. 10th, 2010, 09:14 am
kizzikat: New statue of Alexander

This was recently mentioned in pothos.org.  The Greek police apparently arrested two men trying to sell the above.  It is believed they smuggled the articles from Turkey.

Original article http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gk5NZegRj26bsH4SxdXUfUEdVYpAD9E5C78O0

Pothos discussion http://www.pothos.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3534

Sun, Mar. 7th, 2010, 02:02 pm
apollinaris: What are the sources?

12th century map by the Muslim scholar Al-Idrisi (South up).

The story of Dhul-Qarnayn as described in the Qur'an follows very closely some passages of the Alexander Romance. "Yajooj" and "Majooj" (Gog and Magog) appear in Arabic script on the bottom-left edge of the Eurasian landmass, enclosed within dark mountains, at a location corresponding roughly to Mongolia. This is a reference to the story of Dhul-Qarnayn in the Qur'an.

Alexander became a 'divine man' and as with other divine men of Antiquity, the closer we look at the sources, the less we find. I therefore pose this question: what, if anything, do we know of Alexander?

The question, of course, is directed at the primary sources, mainly documentary and also archaeological.

The usual answer for Alexander is that this is good enough, but I am less sure.

Livius addresses this question here: Essays on Alexander the Great and here: The good sources:

All these authors lived more than three centuries after the events they described, but they used older, nearly contemporary sources, that are now lost.

That is the argument used by theologians for religion, rather than historians to produce good history.

The book of Deeds of Alexander is now lost, but underlies much of what was written later.

I suggest that we do not know nearly as much about Alexander as we like to think and that the Alexander Romance is confused with history.

My concern goes deeper than that, for the concept of Alexander as divine becomes interwoven into the beliefs and actions of important people and major events in the last century of the past era and the first century of the common era., as we begin to see with Alexander Helios, the eldest son of Cleopatra VII.

The history for Classical Antiquity has more holes that a Swiss cheese and is about as rotten as one would expect after 2000 years of corruption.

Fri, Jan. 22nd, 2010, 08:24 pm
bela_black: Question re: "The Nature of Alexander" (Renault)

Has anyone read M. Renault's "The Nature of Alexander"?

I was thinking about buying it, but I'd like to know whether it's worth a read. Can anyone help me with this?

Thank you :)

Mon, Dec. 7th, 2009, 10:02 pm
aisagreem: Looking for some sources

Hello, everybody!

I'm doing some reading on Alexander and India in particular. I've been looking for ages now and I just can't seem to find what I'm looking for. I need more information on the hardships the common soldiers faced during the time in India. It's really hard to find anything useful on this that isn't tinged with mystery and exaggeration rather than.... you know, a more objective account.

Also, does anyone know of any exhaustive accounts of how boys lived at the Temple of Mieza? I've been looking through my books, but found nothing but a short account relating to Aristotle more than Macedonian youth.

I'd be immensely grateful if anyone could direct me to the best sources on these subjects.

Thank you in advance!

Wed, Sep. 16th, 2009, 09:16 pm
achilles01: Line Drawing of Alexander and Aristotle


Can anyone tell me anything about this picture of Alexander and Aristotle?  The initials 'F.V.' appear in the bottom left-hand corner.



Tue, Sep. 15th, 2009, 09:22 pm
eddification: Hello...!

Uh-oh, looks like I'm the one who has to make that awkward "after-four-months-of-inactivity" post...
But I just thought I'd introduce myself...!
I'm just a young gal with an unnatural affection towards Alexander the Great and his many conquerings. (Although, as of finding this community, I don't feel quite so strange.) I've been drawn towards this particular historical figure since mid/late middle school, and it hasn't waned since. With the free time I have, I commit to reading AtG biographies and fiction. (My first Mary Renault book was "The Persian Boy". Loved it. Got half-way through it. Thought to myself 'Who is this Hephaestion character Bagoas speaks of...?' Quickly ran to the nearest internet to find out. Tossed the book aside, alight with my new found love of Hephaestion. Haha...! You could even say my interest of Hephaestion rivals that of Alexander. ... Maybe~...)
Currently, I'm reading "Alexander: The Ambiguity of Greatness" by Guy MacLean Rogers. It caught my eye among the other Alexander book at Barnes and Noble the other day and just thought it yanked my curiosity enough to spend 16-some-odd dollars on it. So far, so good...! But if you have any particular book recommendations, please, by all means...!
Anyways, that's the long and short of it! I'm just the general history buff with a particular interest in Alexander. I always love a little chat, feel free to drop a line.
Lovely to meet you all, in advance! (:

- Brittany M.

P.S: Oh, do ignore my user pic. I seem to be the only one here without some antiquity-related picture. I instead substitute it with my love of Star Trek. Haha...! XD My scope of interests range from here-to-there and back again!

Tue, May. 26th, 2009, 08:06 pm
bela_black: Ancient AtG authors

Has anyone here read any of the Greek AtG sources before? (original Greek or translation)
I'm  referring particularly to Arrian, Diodorus and Plutarch. I'm asking because I've got a assignment to write
which is about a comparison of Alexander's portrayal in Ancient and Modern literature, with a focus on his "philhellenism" vs. his "orientalism".
I'm  pretty much decided about the modern authors I'm going to use, but still need to choose the Ancient ones.
So, if someone's already read one or more of them, and could just give me a hint about whether you'd recommend author x for
this sort of comparison or rather not, I'd be thankful. It's manly about whether there's at least some focus on his "Greek-ness" versus his "behaving orientally"  because that's what I need, and if there's nothing useful, I don't even have to consider the author in question.

Thank you in advance :)

Thu, May. 14th, 2009, 04:00 pm
riaki: New Alexander statue unearthed in Alexandria

It seems that a new statue of Alexander the Great has been unearthed in Alexandria, Egypt. That's so very exciting!
The full article regarding this new discovery can be read here.
Update: The statue doesn't belong to Alexander apparently. Here is a much better view of it... It's beautiful nonetheless ;D

Thu, May. 14th, 2009, 05:20 am
villes_nirvana: i have a question please

did hephaestion have an erastes or would alexander not have let that happen? and i guess a prince wouldnt have one would he?
thank you

Wed, Apr. 15th, 2009, 01:04 pm
minstrel_ivare: (no subject)

Some of you might be familiar with Anna Apostolou's A Murder in Macedon.  It's a pretty terrible book, but the cover illustration is beautiful--is there anybody here who could tell me where it comes from?

Based on the lines in the drawing, I'd say it's almost certainly an 18th- or 19th-century engraving--perhaps it was once an illustration in a fancy history book?  The softcover edition of A Murder in Macedon doesn't credit the artist (which partly confirms my theory--the picture must be out of copyright).  I assume it is actually an illustration of Philip's murder, although I suppose the publishers could have nicked it from another ancient assassination scene.

Have any of you seen this picture before?  Do you have any guesses or advice about where I should look for it?  Thanks!

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