Monthly Archives: January 2011

Alexander the Great Discussion Series Part 7

Alexander’s Fusion of European and Asian Monarchic TraditionsJAMES ROMM Paul, in our last segment we agreed to discuss what is sometimes called Alexander’s “fusion” policies — Principally, his attempt to hybridize Greco-Macedonian and Persian sty… Continue reading

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Alexander the Great Discussion Series Part 6

How religious was Alexander the Great?PAUL CARTLEDGE Jamie, it’s very hard indeed to penetrate the psychology of any prominent ancient (Greek or Roman) figure, I find, apart perhaps from Cicero and Augustine, because we usually lack the right sort… Continue reading

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Professor Thomas Harrison: "The Persian Version" – Marathon2500 Lecture #4

Professor Thomas Harrison, The Rathbone Professor of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology at the University of Liverpool, delivered on January 18, 2011 the Marathon2500 Lecture #4: “The Persian Version: What did the Battle of Marathon look li… Continue reading

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Herodotus Book 6 Discussion Questions

Dear fellow readers, Here are the discussion questions for Book 6, which you can use to help stimulate your thinking as you read for our next discussion (scheduled for Mon Feb 7. As you can see in our questions below, Book 6 presents many interest… Continue reading

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Listen: Herodotus Books 4, 5 Reader Call

We had a great call this evening about Herodotus Books 4 and 5. Scythia and its mysteries and might and the Persian incursion (and ultimate withdrawal in defeat) became the primary topic for the first hour. We put the conflict in Scythia in contex… Continue reading

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Listen to the Herodotus Books 4 & 5 Discussion

Dear Herodotus readers, Thanks for a wonderful discussion tonight. The role of Greek colonists seems to have connected much of the narrative in these two books. Please feel free to listen to our discussion at your leisure (see attached). I look fo… Continue reading

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Alexander the Great Discussion Series Part 5

How Great a General was Alexander?JAMES ROMM Paul, our topic this week is whether Alexander was as great a general as he’s cracked up to be. No one can deny his success rate in major battles — 100% — and his enormous skill in matters of logistic… Continue reading

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