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  • Greek tomb find excites experts

    02/12/2006 3:02:35 PM PST · by fanfan · 23 replies · 294+ views
    BBC ^ | Sunday, 12 February 2006 | BBC
    Alexander the Great was ruler of Macedonia The tomb is thought to be from the time of Alexander the Great,Archaeologists in Greece say they are examining the largest underground tomb ever found in the country. They said a farmer had stumbled across the tomb carved into the rock near the ancient city of Pella, the birthplace of Alexander the Great. Archaeologists believe it dates to the period after Alexander's death, which was marked by mass power struggles. The tomb was probably used by a noble family about 2,300 years ago - some of whose names are still visible. Archaeologists said...
  • Greek language engravings discovered in Alexandria

    09/22/2006 10:49:40 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies · 411+ views
    Hellenic News ^ | September 2006 | Deutsche Presse-Agentur
    The engravings, which were discovered close to the Amoud al-Sawari monument, are said to date back to the times of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (ruled 161-180 AD.)... are six lines long and were found etched on an artefact measuring 50 centimetres long and 36 centimetres wide, which may perhaps be part of an ancient altar. The engravings are said to be writings glorifying the supreme ancient Greek deity Zeus along with several other Greek gods. The Amoud al-Sawari monument - also known as the Column of the Horsemen, or Pompey's Pillar - is located in the Karmouz district, which is...
  • Greeks, Turks and Bulgarians, are they related?

    04/15/2002 7:12:21 PM PDT · by Lions · 97 replies · 982+ views | Dr. George Nakratzas
  • Egypt Archaeologists May Have Found Alexander the Great’s Tomb

    05/03/2014 5:08:39 AM PDT · by blam · 52 replies
    Greek Worls Reporter ^ | Nikoleta Kalmouki
    Egypt Archaeologists May Have Found Alexander the Great’s Tomb Nikoleta Kalmouki April 30, 2014 In Egypt, a team of archaeologists and historians from the Polish Center of Archaeology have revealed a mausoleum made of marble and gold that might be the tomb of Alexander the Great. The site is situated in an area known as Kom el-Dikka in the heart of downtown Alexandria, only 60 meters away from the Mosque of Nebi Daniel. The monument was apparently sealed off and hidden in the 3rd or 4th century AD, to protect it from the Christian repression and destruction of pagan monuments...
  • War Elephant Myths Debunked by DNA

    01/20/2014 6:06:44 PM PST · by lbryce · 43 replies
    The Institute for Genomic Biology ^ | January 20, 2014 | Staff
    On a whim, I recently posted the image below of the frog riding the beetle irreverently entitling it as Hannibal Crossing the Carpathians. Hannibal Crosses The CarpathiansWhile it was obviously posted in jest, several comments appeared in scholarly discussion of the use of elephants in war, having come across this article thought it might be of interest.Please take note any establishment, organization involved in science will inevitably be a left-wing liberal tool, certainly so, a group with the tagline, where science meets society. War Elephant Myths Debunked by DNAThe Institute for Genomic BiologyWhere Science Meets Society Through DNA analysis, Illinois...
  • Did toxic wine kill Alexander the Great? Scientists ‘find plant behind ancient leader’s’…

    01/11/2014 8:09:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 09:59 EST, 11 January 2014 | (Daily Mail Reporter)
    Alexander the Great built a legendary empire before his untimely—and mysterious—death at the age of just 32 in 323 BC. Some historians argued was death was due to natural causes, while others maintained he was secretly murdered at a celebratory banquet. Now, an Otago University scientist may have unraveled the case some 2,000 years later. National Poisons Center toxicologist Dr. Leo Schep thinks the culprit could be poisonous wine made from an innocuous-looking plant, according to a report in the New Zealand Herald. […] His research, co-authored by Otago University classics expert Dr. Pat Wheatley and published in the medical...
  • An Ancient City Is Discovered Underwater. What They Found Will Change History Forever

    12/07/2013 12:44:04 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Sunken Skyz blog ^ | December 1, 2013
    The city of Heracleion was engulfed underwater 1500 years ago. This grand city had been mentioned by the Greek writer Herodotus, the 5th-century BC historian. He had told a wonderful tale of Helen of Troy, who traveled to Heracleion, then a port of 'great wealth', with her Trojan lover, Paris. When French marine archaeologist Franck Goddio stumbled upon some relics, it led them to one of the greatest finds of the 21st century; a city underwater. The discovery took place when Goddio had been in search of Napoleon’s warships from the 1798 Battle of the Nile, when he had been...
  • Have archaeologists discovered the grave of Alexander the Great?

    08/23/2013 7:47:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | August 23, 2013
    Experts find enormous marble tomb fit for a king under a massive mound in Greece Archaeologists have uncovered what could be the grave of Alexander the Great at a site near ancient Amphipolis, 370 miles north of Athens The warrior king was thought to be buried in Egypt but experts have discovered a marble-faced wall dating from the 4th century BC Site archaeologist Aikaterini Peristeri has voiced hopes of finding 'a significant individual or individuals' withinArchaeologists have uncovered what could be the grave of Alexander the Great at a site near ancient Amphipolis. The warrior king - who ruled in...
  • Origin of Kalash inferred with Eurogenes K=10 "test" calculator

    08/03/2013 3:18:58 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Dodecad 'blog ^ | Monday, October 31, 2011 | Dienekes
    Why are the Kalash important?There are three reasons why the Kalash are important in the study of Eurasian prehistory: Their mountainous habitat contributed to isolation and relative immunity from historical population movementsTheir non-Islamic religion has definitely preserved them from recent gene inflowTheir language is unique within the Indo-Aryan family, and it often considered today as part of a separate Dardic family of Indo-Iranian in addition to the more populous Iranian and Indo-Aryan families.The Kalash are crucial for those interested in the origins of Indo-Iranians, and the fact that they are, indeed, a simple West/South Asian mix is not without significance...
  • New Indo-European Language Discovered

    06/21/2012 5:14:04 PM PDT · by Renfield · 18 replies ^ | 6-19-2012 | John Shanks
    A linguistics researcher at the Macquarie University in Australia has discovered that the language, known as Burushaski, which is spoken by about 90,000 people who reside in a remote area of Pakistan, is Indo-European in origin. Prof Ilija Casule’s discovery, which has now been verified by a number of the world’s top linguists, has excited linguistics experts around the world. An entire issue of the eminent international linguistics journal the Journal of Indo-European Studies is devoted to a discussion of his findings later this month. More than fifty eminent linguists have tried over many years to determine the genetic relationship...
  • Stuck between Israel and PA, key archaeological site neglected [Sebastia]

    07/28/2013 10:31:06 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 3, 2013 | Daniela Berretta
    Ancient Israelite capital Sebastia, site of important Roman and Crusader ruins, lies unprotected because of security situation. The ancient town of Sebastia is one of the major archaeological sites of the Holy Land, with its overlapping layers of history dating back nearly 3,000 years. But today the hilltop capital of biblical kings, later ruled by Roman conquerors, Crusaders and Ottomans, is marred with weeds, graffiti and garbage. Caught between conflicting Israeli and Palestinian jurisdictions, the site has been largely neglected by both sides for the past two decades. Beyond the decay, unauthorized diggers and thieves have taken advantage of the...
  • Rare Finding of Ancient Greek Warrior

    05/25/2013 6:18:37 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    USA Greek Reporter ^ | Thursday, May 23, 2013 | Margarita Papantoniou
    Anagnostis Agelarakis, Greek professor and Chair of Anthropology at Adelphi University in Long Island, New York, transported some of the remains of a wounded ancient Greek warrior from Greece to Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center, with the Greek Archeological Service’s permission... LIG radiologist Helise Coopersmith performed an X-ray on a bone fragment from the soldier, whose remains date back to more than 2,500 years. In the left ulna (a major bone in the forearm) a bronze arrowhead is embedded. It was deduced that the shaft of the arrow and part of one of its three lobes had been removed...
  • Macedonia's 'Indiana Jones' Won't Rest Until He Finds Alexander's Tomb

    11/23/2012 4:40:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | November 20, 2012
    With his flowing white locks and extravagant manner, Macedonian archaeologist Pasko Kuzman has become something of a celebrity in his native country. Aside from some notable finds in his native Ohrid region, as head of the Cultural Heritage Protection Office he has had a major role in the Macedonian government's controversial, if not provocative, use of ancient historical figures to adorn the capital, Skopje. He's also seen as the force behind the latest beautification effort: the multimillion-dollar project called Skopje 2014. Most contentious is the massive bronze statue of Alexander the Great, erected in 2011. At the time, Greece objected...
  • Alexander and the tomb of Cyrus the Great [Deep Respect]

    03/21/2007 9:13:50 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 12 replies · 418+ views
    Livius ^ | 3/21/07 | Livius
    Within the enclosure, by the way which led up to the tomb, a small building had been constructed for the Magi who guarded it, a duty which had been handed down from father to son ever since the time of Cyrus' son, Cambyses. They had a grant from the King of a sheep a day, with an allowance of meal and wine, and one horse a month to sacrifice to Cyrus. There was an inscription on the tomb in Persian, signifying: O man, I am Cyrus son of Cambyses, who founded the empire of Persia and ruled over Asia. Do...
  • Alexander the Great visits tomb of Cyrus the Great

    06/12/2004 4:50:50 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 9 replies · 175+ views
    Livius: History ^ | 6/12/04 | Livius: History
    In January or February 324, Alexander reached the old religious capital of Persia, Pasargadae. Here, he visited the tomb of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Achaemenid empire, who had lived two centuries before. The Greek author Arrian of Nicomedia describes the events in section 29.1-11 of his Anabasis. The translation was made by Aubrey de Sélincourt. At the same time he moved forward himself with the lightest infantry units, the mounted Companions, and some regiments of archers, along the road to Pasargadae. [...] Arrived at the Persian frontier, he found that Phrasaortes, the governor, had died while the...
  • Greeks claim having found Alexander the Great’s tomb, Ark of the Covenant

    11/09/2011 5:11:12 PM PST · by Winstons Julia · 92 replies
    Focus ^ | 09/11/11 | staff
    Athens. It is believed that the tomb of Alexander the Great and the Ark of the Covenant have been found on the Greek Island of Thasos, announced Russian, which is information partner of the Greek Minister of Culture and Tourism.
  • Restored ancient citadel in western Afghanistan is symbol of hope in nation beset by war

    10/17/2011 6:11:40 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies
    AP via Washington Post ^ | Monday, October 17, 11:54 AM
    HERAT, Afghanistan — In the 1970s, tourists traveled to western Afghanistan to climb on the ruins of an ancient citadel, a fortress resembling a sandcastle that has stood overlooking the city of Herat for thousands of years. The citadel was crumbling then, but today the newly restored structure, dating back to the days of Alexander the Great, is a hopeful sign of progress in a country beset by war. Hundreds of Afghan craftsmen worked to restore the ruins’ past glory with help from the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and about $2.4 million from the U.S. and German governments. The...
  • Big noses, curly hair on empress's coffin suggests deep cultural exchange on Silk Road

    09/20/2010 7:40:59 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 41 replies
    People's Daily ^ | September 14, 2010 | Xinhua
    Chinese archeologists have found new evidence of international cultural exchange on the ancient Silk Road. Four European-looking warriors and lion-like beasts are engraved on an empress's 1,200-year-old stone coffin that was unearthed in Shaanxi Province, in northwestern China. The warriors on the four reliefs had deep-set eyes, curly hair and over-sized noses -- physical characteristics Chinese typically associate with Europeans. The 27-tonne Tang Dynasty (618-907) sarcophagus contained empress Wu Huifei (699-737), Ge Chengyong, a noted expert on Silk Road studies, said Tuesday. Ge said one of the warriors was very much like [Zeus], the "father of gods and men" in...
  • Experts question claim that Alexander the Great's half-brother is buried at Vergina

    09/12/2010 5:48:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Eurekalert ^ | September 8, 2010 | Hannah Johnson, U of Bristol
    The tomb was discovered during the excavation of a large mound -- the Great Tumulus -- at Vergina in 1977. Along with many treasures including ceremonial military equipment, bronze utensils, silver tableware, and gold wreaths, the tomb contained two sets of skeletal remains. Those of a man were found in a gold casket in the main chamber and those of a woman in a smaller gold casket in the second chamber. Both individuals had been cremated and evidence of a wooden funerary house containing a pyre was also found near the tomb. Dr Jonathan Musgrave of the University of Bristol's...
  • Hellenism's agent of revival in Afghanistan

    08/27/2010 10:10:17 AM PDT · by decimon · 9 replies · 1+ views
    ANA-MPA ^ | August 27, 2010 | Unknown
    ANA-MPA/Alexander the Great's achievements were one of his favorite childhood tales, whereas ancient Greece and classical antiquity piqued his curiosity from a very young age. His fascination with Hellenic civilisation, in fact, took Omar Sultan all the way to the University of Thessaloniki to study the classics and archaeology. Decades later the classically-educated Sultan serves his native Afghanistan as Central Asian country's deputy culture minister. As fate would have it, Sultan was also a student researcher on the team assembled by noted 20th century Greek archaeologist Manolis Andronikos to excavate the ancient site of Vergina - which the Andronikos' team...
  • Alexander the Great Killed by Toxic Bacteria?

    07/19/2010 6:39:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Friday, July 16, 2010 | Rossella Lorenzi
    The Styx River, the legendary portal to the underworld, harbors a deadly bacteria that may have ended Alexander's life. An extraordinarily toxic bacterium harbored by the "infernal" Styx River might have been the fabled poison rumored to have killed Alexander the Great (356 - 323 B.C.) more than 2,000 years ago, according to a scientific-meets-mythic detective study... reviews ancient literary evidence on the Styx poison in light of modern geology and toxicology. According to the study, calicheamicin, a secondary metabolite of Micromonospora echinospora, is what gave the river its toxic reputation... Another account by the Greek geographer Pausanias (110 -...
  • The First Wristwatch

    05/12/2010 1:51:38 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies · 741+ views
    <p>The first recorded usage of a timepiece worn on the wrist dates back to 333 BC. Although it wasn't the mechanical-digital type of device that would be recognised as a watch today, it was nonetheless an effective time keeper.</p> <p>During the battle of Issus, Alexander the Great came head-to-head with Persian King Darius III. Outnumbered by a ration of two to one, Alexander decided to try out a new invention. He had all his men tie to their wrist a strip of cloth impregnated with chemicals that would change color after a certain length of time. This is similar to how today's SAS synchronize their watches before going into action. When cloth changed color his men would know that it was time to attack.</p>
  • Obama celebrates Greek Independence Day

    03/25/2009 3:28:25 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 20 replies · 448+ views
    AP ^ | 3/25/09
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States and Greece are bound by struggles and shared democratic ideals. The president and Vice President Joe Biden welcomed guests to the White House to celebrate Greek Independence Day. Obama says the United States' founders were students of Greek history and turned to ancient texts for allies. Archbishop Demetrios, who is primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, noted that the U.S. and Greece share ties of freedom and democracy. He says he prays for the first family. The White House also welcomed Greek-American chef Michael Psilakis as a guest...
  • Archeologists find vast ancient city in Afghanistan

    08/17/2008 1:59:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 102+ views
    The Whig ^ | Thursday, August 7, 2008 | Matthew Pennington, AP
    Centuries-old shards of pottery mingle with spent ammunition rounds on a wind-swept mountainside in northern Afghanistan where French archeologists believe they have found a vast ancient city. For years, villagers have dug the baked earth on the heights of Cheshme-Shafa for pottery and coins to sell to antique smugglers.
  • Alexander's Gulf outpost uncovered

    08/07/2007 10:22:58 AM PDT · by fishhound · 15 replies · 684+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 7 August 2007, | Neil Arun
    Alexander the Great's awe-inspiring conquest of Asia is drawing archaeologists to a desert island off the shores of Iraq. Failaka ruins (pic: Greek Ministry of Culture) The Greek and Kuwaiti governments are co-operating at the site Greek government experts are going to Failaka - a Gulf outpost of Alexander's army, now governed by Kuwait. The island's bullet-holed buildings tell of a conflict still fresh in people's memories - Saddam Hussein's brief occupation of Kuwait in the early 1990s. Beneath the sun-baked sands of Failaka, archaeologists hope to unearth the secrets of an earlier conquest - a settlement established by Alexander's...
  • Hidden City Found Beneath Alexandria

    07/25/2007 1:59:45 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 973+ views
    Yahoo News/Live Science ^ | 7-24-2007 | Charles Q Choi
    Hidden City Found Beneath Alexandria Charles Q. Choi Special to LiveScience Tue Jul 24, 4:45 PM ET The legendary city of Alexandria was founded by Alexander the Great as he swept through Egypt in his quest to conquer the known world. Now scientists have discovered hidden underwater traces of a city that existed at Alexandria at least seven centuries before Alexander the Great arrived, findings hinted at in Homer's Odyssey and that could shed light on the ancient world. Alexandria was founded in Egypt on the shores of the Mediterranean in 332 B.C. to immortalize Alexander the Great. The...
  • Macedonian history unearthed

    08/05/2006 11:20:18 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies · 290+ views
    Fort Wayne Journal Gazette ^ | Fri, Aug. 04, 2006 | Richard Bangs
    In the southwestern quadrant of the country we find Lake Ohrid, the deepest lake in Europe... Here we meet the foremost archaeologist in Macedonia, Pasko Kuzman. He has been excavating 3,000-year-old submerged sites in Lake Ohrid, and the first fortress of King Philip II, Alexander's father, on its shores... Pasko's signature tools include three weighty watches he wears on his left wrist, what he calls his "time machines." With one he says he travels to the Bronze and Neolithic ages. With another to the future. And with the third, his "archaeological watch" with its special sensors, he makes his finds......
  • Greeks find largest Macedonian tomb of nobles

    02/12/2006 9:55:49 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 8 replies · 320+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | Sun Feb 12, 2006 | Deborah Kyvrikosaios
    Greek archaeologists said on Sunday they had discovered the largest underground tomb in Greek antiquity in the ancient city of Pella in northern Greece, birthplace of Alexander the Great. The eight-chamber tomb rich in painted sculpture dates to the Hellenistic period between the 3rd and 2nd century BC and offers scholars a rare glimpse into the life of nobles around the time of Alexander's death. "This is the largest, sculptured, multi-chambered tomb found in Greece, and is significant in that it is a new architectural style -- there are many chambers and a long entrance arcade," the chief archaeologist at...
  • Egnatia Digs Reveal Roman Road Secrets

    07/28/2005 4:51:21 PM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 1,001+ views
    Kathimerini/AP ^ | 7-28-2005 | Costas Kantouris
    Egnatia digs reveal Roman road secretsExcavations uncover ancient equivalent of interstate highway A man walks along the remains of a wayside inn along the route of the ancient Via Egnatia, near the northern town of Komotini. Culture Ministry officials have unearthed extensive traces of the second-century-BC highway, which was built with safety features to protect even the clumsiest charioteer. By Costas Kantouris - The Associated Press KOMOTINI - Archaeologists excavating along the route of the ancient Via Egnatia are revealing the secrets of the ancient Romans' equivalent of an interstate highway. Stretching 861 kilometers (535 miles) across modern-day Albania, the...
  • Alexander the Great and his staff meetings

    09/06/2005 11:24:49 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 39 replies · 2,101+ views
    email | unknown
    The armies of Alexander the Great were greatly feared in their day, but there was one problem that they had that almost defeated them. Alexander could not get his people to staff meetings on time. He always held the meetings at 6.00 p.m. each day after the day's battle was done, but frequently his generals either forgot or let the time slip up on them and missed the 6.00 p.m. staff meeting. This angered Alexander very much, to say the least! So he called in his research team and set up a project to develop a method of determining the...
  • Oliver Stone Cuts Gay References for 'Alexander' DVD Release

    05/12/2005 7:59:03 AM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 16 replies · 736+ views
    Director Oliver Stone has cut the gay references from his 'Alexander' movie for the DVD version of the 2004 flop. Stone claimed that the Macedonian epic was unpopular with American audiences because of the subtle homosexual content.He said, 'They didn't even read the reviews in the South because the media was using the words-- Alex is Gay.''As a result you can bet that they thought, We're not going to see a film about a military leader that has got something wrong with him.'In the DVD version, Colin Ferell's Alexander the Great character's relationship with Hephaistion--played by Jared Leto--will be portrayed...
  • Gay history month to 'out' Newton and Nightingale (Is there anybody who WASN'T gay?)

    01/18/2005 6:35:43 AM PST · by presidio9 · 115 replies · 2,949+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | Tuesday January 18, 2005 | Luke Layfield
    Schools will be encouraged to hold lessons exploring the achievements of gay men and women throughout history as part of the first gay history month. The project, to be held in February, will highlight the hidden history of household names who would probably today identity as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, such as William Shakespeare, who was rumoured to be bisexual, and Florence Nightingale, who few people know was a lesbian. Other events covered during the month will include talks on the early years of gays and lesbians in British television and discussions of the history of the British LGBT...
  • Oliver Stone fumes at new fundamentalist morality in US

    01/11/2005 8:19:46 PM PST · by Racehorse · 68 replies · 1,493+ views
    new Kerala, India ^ | 8 January 2005 | Not Named
    Hollywood News]: New York, Jan 8 : Oliver Stone is deeply disappointed with the lukewarm response given to his epic film, 'Alexander The Great', courtsey the new fundamentalist morality in the United States. Oliver will, therefore, change the offending homosexual scenes before the movie is released on DVD. "There's a raging fundamentalism in morality in the U.S.," The New York Post quoted Oliver as saying. "The bond between men can be suggested in different ways. From day one, audiences didn't show up. They didn't even read the reviews in the South because the media was using the words, 'Alex the...
  • Oliver Stone laments 'Alexander the gay'

    01/01/2005 8:03:33 AM PST · by BobL · 142 replies · 3,199+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | Jan 1, 2005 | (none)
    Oliver Stone laments 'Alexander the gay' Director admits: 'There was clear resistance to his homosexuality' © 2005 Hollywood director Oliver Stone is lamenting the poor box-office performance of his latest film "Alexander," citing the homosexuality of the lead character as one of the detrimental factors. Colin Farrell, right, stars as Alexander the Great, with Angelina Jolie and Val Kilmer as his parents. (Courtesy Warner Bros.) "I still think it's a beautiful movie, but Alexander deserves better than I gave him," Stone said, according to the London Telegraph. "There was clear resistance to his homosexuality. It became the headline to...
  • Alexander the Not So Great

    12/31/2004 8:35:27 AM PST · by monkapotamus · 45 replies · 1,763+ views ^ | By Hugh Davies
    Alexander the Not So GreatBy Hugh Davies (Filed: 31/12/2004) The Hollywood film director Oliver Stone said yesterday that the flop in America of his £83 million production about Alexander the Great was 'dismaying', confessing that more people watched it on the opening weekend in Croatia 'than in the entire' Deep South. Mr Stone said: "I still think it's a beautiful movie, but Alexander deserves better than I gave him. There was clear resistance to his homosexuality. It became the headline to the movie. Oliver Stone talks to lead actor Colin Farrell on set "They called him Alexander the gay. That's...
  • Queering History: Alexander

    12/14/2004 8:36:42 PM PST · by w6ai5q37b · 76 replies · 2,020+ views
    The New American ^ | December 27, 2004 | Unknown
    Item: Entertainment Weekly’s lavish cover story for November 19 claims that Oliver Stone’s new movie, Alexander, about Alexander the Great, is “an honest, fairly explicit treatment of Alexander’s famous bisexuality.” “It wasn’t like Stone had taken historical liberties,” the article continues. “His rendering of Alexander’s life is … more or less in the mainstream of scholarly research. By most accounts Alexander did like men, women, and eunuchs — his best friend Hephaistion was his longtime lover.” Item: A New York Times article for November 20 entitled, “Breaking Ground With a Gay Movie Hero,” says of Stone’s film: “Historians of antiquity...
  • The Greeks Won't Sue Oliver Stone: They Don't Know Where to Start

    12/05/2004 7:24:05 PM PST · by quidnunc · 18 replies · 889+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | December 6, 2004 | Jim White
    Alexander the Great, so we are told, held sway over most of the known world by the time he was 30. Which is more than can be said of Oliver Stone's movie version. Far from winning hearts and conquering minds, the reaction in Greece when the picture was first released was one of spume-flecked fury. The hissing noise, emanating from the country where they have long laid claim to the old Macedonian imperialist, was that of steam emerging from starched collars. Before they had even seen the picture, 25 of Athens's top lawyers became exercised about rumours that the greatest...
  • The Truth About Alexander the Great in World and Bible History

    12/05/2004 2:41:44 PM PST · by Maria S · 5 replies · 2,094+ views
    Eschatology Today ^ | Mark Norris
    “Few modern historians accept Alexander’s greatness upon his military abilities alone, and none, certainly, upon the pomp which he acquired as Lord of Lords of the Persians and as Pharaoh, the god-king of Egypt. More noteworthy to them—as it was to may of his contemporaries—is Alexander’s surprising cosmopolitanism. By his colonization, Alexander spread the Greek language, Greek social institutions, and Greek culture from Athens to India. He seems to have envisioned a new culture rooted in Hellenism but united with the ancient civilizations of the Near east and any other area which might be added to the empire of the...
  • Alexander wasn't gay

    11/26/2004 8:59:56 AM PST · by SusanD · 110 replies · 2,722+ views
    bible ^ | Craig Johnson
    Aristotle’s dictum still stands: “He who asserts must also prove.”  When you make a claim, the burden of proof is on you to demonstrate that claim.  Let’s ask some clear, practical questions in light of Oliver Stone’s Alexander:  Did Alexander ever kiss a man on the mouth?  No evidence.  Did he ever play a passive or active role in same sex sexual unions?  No evidence.  Did he have sex of any kind with the eunuch Bagoas?  No evidence. Did he ever play footsie with men or boys at a sports bar? No evidence.  Did he have sex with Hephaestion or...
  • 'Alexander' - Vast story potential is reduced to plodding soap opera

    11/24/2004 11:52:30 AM PST · by EveningStar · 41 replies · 1,315+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | November 24, 2004 | Craig Outhier
    Not content to direct a merely mediocre historical epic, filmmaker Oliver Stone marshals all of his talent as a provocateur to direct a colossally bad one in "Alexander," starring Irishman Colin Farrell as the legendary Macedonian warlord. It's a shame, too, because mediocrity is so tantalizingly within the director's reach. Beginning with Alexander's childhood around 350 B.C., Stone drafts a standard character arc involving Alexander's accomplished but ineffectual father, King Philip (Val Kilmer); his domineering, snake-charming mother, Olympias (Angelina Jolie, butchering vowels like Natasha from "Rocky and Bullwinkle"); and his precocious success as a field commander after rising to power...
  • 'Alexander' Evokes Parallels to Politics

    11/22/2004 9:18:37 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies · 538+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | By ANTHONY BREZNICAN
    LOS ANGELES -- Although he lived 2,300 years ago, Alexander the Great may have something to say about current American politics. If Bush manages to transform Iraq and Afghanistan into secure...... Stone says the U.S. president may earn the legacy of the ancient hero of "Alexander." "It's a grand scheme," Stone said. "If he pulled it off ... in 20 years, maybe he would be considered `Bush the Great.'"
  • Oliver Stone's world-weary philosophy

    11/21/2004 11:22:10 AM PST · by M 91 u2 K · 12 replies · 845+ views
    The Chigago Sun Time ^ | 11/21/04 | Roger Ebert
    Article published: Nov 21, 2004 Oliver Stone's world-weary philosophy BY ROGER EBERT / Nov 21, 2004 Oliver Stone seems at the end of his rope, but then he always seems at the end of his rope. Here is a man who needs sleep. He has flown in from Paris, he's jet-lagged, he's talking in that rapid-fire way we use when we're so tired we don't have the strength to talk slowly. He is talking about "Alexander" (opening Wednesday), his 173-minute epic about "the most amazing life in history," and he describes him: "Already, at 26, he had the political leadership...
  • NYP: ALEX THE GAY -- Greeks fuming at 'flaming' film by Oliver Stone

    11/20/2004 8:04:44 PM PST · by OESY · 92 replies · 3,035+ views
    New York Post ^ | November 20, 2004 | LOU LUMENICK
    Oliver Stone and the studio releasing his $150 million historical epic "Alexander" should beware of Greeks bearing writs — over the film's depiction of Alexander the Great as Alexander the Fabulous. The controversial director and Warner Bros. were yesterday threatened with a lawsuit by a group of Greek lawyers who are incensed that the new movie "Alexander" portrays the hero as bisexual. The group of 25 Athens-based lawyers said they sent a letter to Warner Bros. demanding that it label "Alexander" ... as a work of fiction.... "We are not saying that were are against gays, but we are saying...
  • Outraged Greeks say Alexander was not bisexual.

    11/20/2004 7:06:08 PM PST · by Brainhose · 15 replies · 307+ views
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    ATHENS, Nov 19 (Reuters) - A group of Greek lawyers are threatening to sue Warner Bros film studios and Oliver Stone, director of the widely anticipated film "Alexander," for suggesting Alexander the Great was bisexual. The lawyers have already sent an extrajudicial note to the studio and director demanding they include a reference in the title credits saying his movie is a fictional tale and not based on official documents of the life of the Macedonian ruler. "We are not saying that we are against gays but we are saying that the production company should make it clear to the...
  • Alexander the Great

    11/19/2004 11:44:35 PM PST · by Lord Nelson · 14 replies · 1,256+ views
    RPT-Outraged Greeks say Alexander was not bisexual ATHENS, Nov 19 (Reuters) - A group of Greek lawyers are threatening to sue Warner Bros film studios and Oliver Stone, director of the widely anticipated film "Alexander," for suggesting Alexander the Great was bisexual. The lawyers have already sent an extrajudicial note to the studio and director demanding they include a reference in the title credits saying his movie is a fictional tale and not based on official documents of the life of the Macedonian ruler. "We are not saying that we are against gays but we are saying that the production...
  • Outraged Greeks say Alexander was not bisexual (Hollyweird rewriting history)

    ATHENS, Nov 19 (Reuters) - A group of Greek lawyers are threatening to sue Warner Bros film studios and Oliver Stone, director of the widely anticipated film "Alexander," for suggesting Alexander the Great was bisexual. The lawyers have already sent an extrajudicial note to the studio and director demanding they include a reference in the title credits saying his movie is a fictional tale and not based on official documents of the life of the Macedonian ruler. "We are not saying that we are against gays but we are saying that the production company should make it clear to the...
  • Stone Defends Alexander

    11/18/2004 11:03:39 AM PST · by Racehorse · 67 replies · 1,824+ views ^ | 18 November 2004 | Sid Billington
    "Alexander lived in a more honest time," Stone told Playboy magazine. As you do. "We go into his bisexuality. It may offend some people, but sexuality in those days was a different thing. Pre-Christian morality. Young boys were with boys when they wanted to be."But Stone said he had no interest in showing gay sex scenes. "You only need five words. Alexander says, 'Stay with me tonight, Hephaistion,' and you get it. If you don't get it, f*** you, it's your problem."
  • Alexander The Great's Death Debated

    08/03/2004 11:38:37 AM PDT · by blam · 47 replies · 1,822+ views
    Alexander the Great's Death Debated Aug. 2, 2004 — What killed ancient world conqueror Alexander the Great is still a mystery, pitting scientists who favor West Nile virus against those who lean toward a death from typhoid. History says that Alexander, king of Macedonia, died at 32 in 323 B.C. after several days of fever in Babylon. However, the cause of the fever was always unclear.Alexander In The Fog Several hypotheses have been advanced: poisoning, malaria, or cirrhosis of the liver caused by Alexander's penchant for drink, as well as typhoid or west Nile virus. “ The dispute resurfaced in...
  • Library of Alexandria discovered

    05/17/2004 10:10:51 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 103 replies · 2,950+ views
    BBC News ^ | Wednesday, 12 May, 2004 | Dr David Whitehouse
    Archaeologists have found what they believe to be the site of the Library of Alexandria, often described as the world's first major seat of learning. A Polish-Egyptian team has excavated parts of the Bruchion region of the Mediterranean city and discovered what look like lecture halls or auditoria. Two thousand years ago, the library housed works by the greatest thinkers and writers of the ancient world. Works by Plato and Socrates and many others were later destroyed in a fire. Oldest University Announcing their discovery at a conference being held at the University of California, Zahi Hawass, president of Egypt's...
  • FR Canteen ~ Alexander The Great: Conclusion ~ January 13, 2004

    01/13/2004 2:55:23 AM PST · by LaDivaLoca · 414 replies · 1,753+ views
    Alexander The Great of Macedon ^ | January 13, 2004 | LaDivaLoca
        For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.     Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today!     ANCIENT WARFAREPart III: Ancient Greek Military:  Conclusion: Alexander The Great   Consolidation of the empire The empire was weakened by years of absence and rumors of his death, and it had not functioned altogether efficiently.  On Alexander's reappearance, many incompetents and scoundrels in high office had to be replaced by better men. In Carmania, in Persis, complaints from the provinces continued to reach him,...