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Alexander in color! [01 Apr 2007|12:31am]

Casts from the Alexander sarcophagus at Sidon have been rendered in color, using pigments still found on the marble. The pictures are from a recent exhibition at Athens. For more, follow link.......


For more infomation about the exhibition and colors
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Tintin, Tintin, Tintin!!!! [09 Mar 2007|12:31am]
I am so happy that I am dancing with joy! Tintin is headed for the movies and "Dreamworks" is taking up the challenge!

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I first read all the Tintin books far back when I was a teen. Even today, I have all of them and leaf through them lovingly every now and then. This is great news! I do hope they don't use live actors or change Tintin's very distinctive looks! Captain Haddock! Snowy! Nestor! Thomson and Thompson! It'll be so great to see you on the big screen...
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Screencaps [06 Mar 2007|10:01pm]
From the Alexander Revisited Final Cut. More will come as time permits. Enjoy while they are up.

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3/7/07 EDIT Some Videoclips (NOT mine!) are already on YouTube. Check them out.
Alexander meets Bagoas

Alexander + Bagoas in bed

Alexander's goodbye to Bagoas
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Modern Alexander art [04 Mar 2007|01:36am]
Many thanks to Fiona, who first learnt about this unusual and gorgeous piece modern sculpture of Alexander the Great by Milton Rosa-Ortiz from a decsription by art writer Rafael Risemberg:

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First impression of Alexander Revisited - the Final Cut [28 Feb 2007|06:19pm]
So, I finally got a chance to see the Final Cut - a quick viewing given that it's midweek. More critical reviewing/discussion will come later. Please do not read if you want to avoid spoilers.

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DVD Reviews [23 Feb 2007|05:36pm]
Links to reviews for the new Alexander Revisited - Final Cut DVD while we wait. Some reviews contain potential spoilers, so click and read at your own risk!
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Indus Rivers - names both ancient and modern [14 Nov 2006|09:05pm]
[ mood | geeky ]

I was looking this up today and thought I would put it down here for my own reference, since the Ancient Greek names of these rivers always confuse me - the names of the Indus River tributaries that Alexander encountered in India.

The Indus River (Sindhu to Indians) and five of its tributaries made up the Punjab region that Alexander came to. From West to East, the rivers are:
(Modern name(s) ..... Ancient Indian and/or Vedic name ..... Ancient Greek name)

Link to: Map of Punjab rivers

Indus/Sindhu ........ Sindhu ....... Indus
Jhelum ...... Vitasta ....... Hydaspes
Chenab ..... Askhini/Iskmati ....... Acesines
Ravi ......... Parushani/Iravati ...... Hydraotes
Beas ....... Arjiki/Vipas ............... Hyphasis
Sutlej/Shatadru ....... Shatadru or Satudri ..... Zaradros/Hesidros

Given the ancient Indian names of these rivers, one can see how the Greek names were derived. Well, in some cases, it's not ALL that clear.

Hephaistion bridged the Indus.
They fought and conquered Porus' lands along the Jhelum (Hydaspes).
The army refused to go further at the Beas (Hyphasis) - MUTINY time. So, this was the easternmost that Alexander travelled in India. So... poor Alexander never had a chance to see the Sutlej (Zaradros)?
Going back west across the rivers, Alexander came back between the Chenab (Akesines) and the Ravi (Hydraotes). He marched down with a portion of the army between the rivers, while Hephaistion marched down with another branch of the army on the eastern side of the Ravi to wait at the junction of the two, five miles away from the Mallian city. Hephaistion and Nearchus were to establish a base camp at the junction. Krateros was marching down the western side of the Chenab with the baggage train. After Alexander was wounded at Mallia, he sailed five miles down the river to the main base camp at the junction and joined the main army.
They all sailed merrily down the Indus to the delta.

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Hephaistion, the "persecuted outsider" - where and how? [01 Sep 2006|03:03pm]
In many fan-inspired stories, Hephaistion is the persecuted outsider, the neglected loyal friend, the lonely steadfast lover whose friend Alexander is happy with conquests, Bagoas, Rhoxane, etc.

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Why does Hephaistion appeal so much to women? [26 Aug 2006|01:49am]
Someone asked me this recently and since then, I've been thinking about it. This is not generally true of men. Quite a few have rather poor opinions of Hephaistion. So little is actually known about the guy that both groups are somewhat biased, I think and reflect different subconscious feelings. So, why does Hephaistion Amyntoros appeal (or not appeal) to you?

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Other than Alexander, who else got married in Bactria? [06 Jun 2006|11:14pm]
Some intriguing information relating to Alexander's and Roxane's marriage.

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Another Hephaistion - different time, different place [23 May 2006|06:28pm]
This is really cool. It's private correspondence on papyrus written by and to a real person named Hephaistion, who probably lived in Alexandria in the 2nd century BC! Alas, it is obviously not by THE Hephaistion - but at least a namesake.

Papyrus 1

Papyrus 2

In the first, the letter is written by Hephaistion to someone called Imouthes. It starts with "Hephaistion Imouthes....." Look at the way the name Hephaistion is written in Greek. It's interesting to see the actual handwriting and how they wrote their names in that time. The handwriting is curiously messy and illegible! Like us! :) I wonder why this Hephaistion was asking for a loan? Was he descended from THE Hephaistion, friend of Alexander, or belonged to the same family? Names did run on in families and it was a most unusual name... He lived in Alexandria, years after Alex. and Heph. went there and laid the foundation of the city - it seems curiously poignant...

When Hephaistion (Amyntoros) wrote to Alexandros (Philippou), did his letters perhaps look similar? At least I think he would have written his own name like this!

Note: I saved this link a while back from somewhere - but haven't been able to find out where in the last few weeks of searching. I would like to give credit to the person who originally found this very cool bit of info. If anyone knows, please tell me!
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Egyptian Hieroglyphs [08 May 2006|01:16am]
This can be fun!

My name using Egyptian Hieroglyphs:

C O R A L D A W N 


A L E X A N D E R 


H E P H A I S T I O N 

Try your name  

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