"Eigon" wrote:Wow! You do Ancient Greek re-enactment, Kallithrix?
I was most impressed, a few years ago, by an Ancient Greek group doing drill - in Greek - at a multi-period show at the Royal Kent Showground.
Hey, that was us! Well, I've only been doing it since 2009 so if it was before that I wouldn't have been there. Still, most of the guys in it now are veterans who've been doing it for years. My off-season task this winter is to review the Greek drill commands and draft an arena 'script' for the narration. That's on top of making armour and painting tents. You should come to the Kent event next year - our static display is even better than ever now we've got about 6 or 7 tents, and we have more numbers for the arena display - we stage a battle with real arrow fire now!
"Eigon" wrote:And I've just been reading The Nature of Alexander by Mary Renault. I read, and loved, her fiction trilogy when I was a teenager (and I remember worrying that my gran might read something rude over my shoulder when I was in the middle of The Persian Boy). This is the non-fiction distillation of all that research. I find it fascinating that we can actually know the names of officers in Alexander's army and what their units were doing in a particular battle.
Yes, there's a lot more information about 4th century Greece than 5th, which is the period we re-enact. I'm an Athens supporter, so I'm more interested in the century when she was top dog in Greece - it depresses me what Philip and Alexander did to her
I just finished Last of the Wine and it was fantastic! Definitely recommend it to everyone.