9.20.2014

Alexander’s Armour | The Second Achilles

Alexander’s Armour | The Second Achilles



A very interesting post about Alexander the Great's armour.



I think Caracalla allegedly ended up with Alexander's armour?

5 comments:

  1. I would like to thank you in advance for your time,

    Which of Alexander armour did Caracalla steal?

    As it is known Alexanders armour and weapons were returned to Macedonia by Phillip Aridaia.
    Perdiccas managed to regain Alexanders golden chariot carrying on it Alexanders weapons. Ptolemy had replaced Alexanders casket (larnax) with another one which had a dummy Alexander.
    So , a dummy of Alexander existed from the beginning of the story. Who after the Triparadeisos and the Apolgy of Ptolemy to Macedonian Army took the real one is a question (not to you), but I think that Ptolemys had shown to Roman Emperors dummy weapons and armour if not Alexander too.

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  3. In his biography of Alexander, Robin Lane Fox says that Caracalla 'laid claim to Alexander's cloak or breastplate'. Unfortunately, he doesn't cite his source, although I think it might be Cassius Dio - one to double check next time I am in the library!

    Malcolm

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  4. Yes, I think the source is Cassius Dio too, but for some reason can't access it online right now.

    Also, it is likely that Alexander had several sets of armour, no? They were the status symbol of the day after all ...

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  5. I think you are right. However, as I write these words, I couldn't give any actual proof of it. I would be very surprised indeed if Alexander didn't own multiple suits, though.

    After all, he did own multiple horses. I'm reading Curtius' History at the moment, and recently read how Alexander changed several horses during the Battle of Gaugamela (4.15.31). And we know from Aristophanes' complaint against Amyntas during the Philotas Affair (7.1.17,34) that Macedonian noblemen owned multiple horses. If them, then certainly the king.

    I know horses are a separate matter, but if Alexander owned several horses in order to achieve his military objectives then it makes sense to say that he would have owned several suits of armour as well.

    To go back to armour - Arrian mentions how 'magnificent'/shiny Alexander's was when he stood on the bank of the River Granicus (334 BC) and on the wall of the Mallian city (326 BC). I am not an expert in armour lifespan, but I doubt the same suit would have been in such brilliant condition after eight years of use. In which case, that surely points to Alexander having multiple suits.

    Malcolm

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