Alexander in color!

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

Tintin, Tintin, Tintin!!!!

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...

Modern Alexander art

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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DVD Reviews

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

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.

Why does Hephaistion appeal so much to women?

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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