By Frank L. Holt
To all those that witnessed his awesome conquests, from Albania to India, Alexander the good seemed invincible. How Alexander himself promoted this appearance--how he abetted the assumption that he loved divine desire and commanded even the forces of nature opposed to his enemies--is the topic of Frank L. Holt's soaking up e-book.
Solid facts for the ''supernaturalized'' Alexander lies in an extraordinary sequence of medallions that depict the successful younger king at warfare opposed to the elephants, archers, and chariots of Rajah Porus of India on the conflict of the Hydaspes River. Recovered from Afghanistan and Iraq in sensational and infrequently perilous conditions, those historical artifacts have lengthy lively the trendy historic debate approximately Alexander. Holt's e-book, the 1st dedicated to the secret of those historic medallions, takes us into the background in their discovery and interpretation, into the knowable proof in their manufacture and which means, and, finally, into the king's personal psyche and his scary theology of conflict. the result's a helpful research of Alexander background and delusion, a bright account of numismatics, and a spellbinding check out the age-old mechanics of megalomania.
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4. Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor, vol. 2 (London: Griffen, Bohn, 1851), p. 80. 5. Charles Darwin, The Formation of Vegetable Mould, through the Action of Worms, with Observations on Their Habits (London: Murray, 1881; reprint, New York: D. Appleton, 1896), p. 305 (and cf. p. 165). ”7 This site, discovered accidentally during work in a ﬁeld on the southeast side of Farrer’s new residence, yielded considerable quantities of pottery, tiles, tesserae, and coins. These Roman artifacts naturally aroused the interest of local antiquaries, and the British Archaeological Association later dispatched several members to measure, record, and report on the ﬁndings.
29 Gregarious and well educated, he associated with the leading thinkers of his time, including Charles Darwin. He used his professional position and personal fortune to acquire many rare prizes for the museum, among them the royal gold cup of the kings of France and England, the ﬁnger-ring of Queen Aethelswith of Mercia, and the so-called Franks Casket, presumably from Anglo-Saxon Northumbria. 30 Franks was at his prime as a collector and curator when the Oxus Treasure spilled into the bazaars of Peshawar and Rawalpindi, and he spared no effort to acquire as much as he could of the hoard.
120–33. 2. 111–12. ”3 From Babylon to a bunghole, the trail of Alexander’s remains allegedly passed through the intestines of worms and taught the world a humbling lesson about the transience of all earthly glory. This was a hard sermon, and it made the maligned earthworm all the more unlikable, even though maggots actually did most of this work. People believed, too, that worms harmed vegetation and ruined crops, a false accusation that gave us the word “vermin” from the Latin vermis, meaning worm.