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Pharos - A Lighthouse For Alexandria
Pharos - A Lighthouse For Alexandria
by Thomas C. Clarie
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely fills a gap in Pharos studies, March 7, 2009
This book is a good general introduction to the wide-ranging subject of the Pharos lighthouse. It does an especially fine job of presenting many alternative views and theories on controversial and unresolved points: such as the identity of the crowning statue and the nature of the fire and the mirror or mechanism of the light projection system. The Pharos is an alluring topic for anyone with a taste for historical detective mysteries as this book enthusiastically demonstrates.


Alexander, Revisited: The Final Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Alexander, Revisited: The Final Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition)
DVD ~ Colin Farrell
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263 of 280 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More true to history than people think, March 11, 2007
I originally sat on the fence in my opinion of the theatre release of Alexander, but Alexander Revisited has won me over as admirer of the film. The new cut has a truly epic feel and the leading characters are portrayed with more breadth and depth. In particular, the climactic crises of Alexander's career are conveyed more intelligibly and convincingly than before. I am the author of both academic articles and non-fiction books on Alexander, so I feel I should comment particularly on the historical accuracy of the film. In my opinion Alexander Revisited is notably honest, daring and sincere in its pursuit of historical accuracy. Although Oliver has deliberately conflated events which actually occurred at different times and places into single scenes (I think he had to in order to tell the whole story in a single film), almost everything has some kind of historical basis in the group of 2000 year old accounts, which provide most of our knowledge of Alexander. For example, such details as Cleitus severing the arm of a Persian about to strike Alexander, the incident with the monkeys in India and Alexander's visit to the wounded after the battle are all in the sources. Even that eagle is mentioned by Curtius. Furthermore, many snippets of dialogue are based on words actually said to have been spoken by Alexander: e.g. "He too is Alexander", "So would I if I were Parmenion", "It is a lovely thing to live with courage..." Great attention to historical detail was also paid to the costumes and scenery. Babylon was particularly good - the ziggurat, the flowers and the caged big cats were all really there when Alexander drove into the city in a chariot. Overall, Alexander Revisited gives a more authentic sense of the real history than any other film about the ancient world that I can think of. Gladiator was a great film, but its greatness owed more to Marvel comic strip principles of action and violence than to its setting in ancient Rome. Alexander Revisited is a great film because it tells one of the most compelling human stories in all of history with faithfulness, drama and pathos.
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