19- Epirus

Epirus- a small kingdom around what is now Albania- has been mentioned a few times on the show, but has always been on the political fringes. As such, It’s been covered in nowhere near as much detail. So, join me on the third of our divergence episodes as we delve into the chaotic and complex history of Epirus. To those of you who have enjoyed hearing about the wars, infighting and shifting alliances of the Diadochoi, you’ve come to the right place…

Sources for this episode: 1-13) Wikipedia articles for: Aeacidae, Neoptolemus, Molossus (son of Neoptolemus), Molossians, Alcetas I, Neoptolemus I, Alexander I, Olympias, Alcetas II, Neoptolemus II, Pyrrhus I, Deidamia I of Epirus, Antigonus II (online) [Accessed 23/02/2021]. 14) 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica entry on Neoptolemus. 15) The Editors, Encyclopaedia Britannica (2020), Pyrrhus (online) [Accessed 21/02/2021].

Quick note from me: I mention at one point that Neoptolemus’ death is natural, but what I should have said is that my sources haven’t indicated how he died. Also, I think I pronounced Aeacus wrong; I believe it should be said more like ‘a-AA-kuss’ or similar. The same then probably goes for Aeacides…

Also, In case I didn’t make it clear, Olympias was the daughter of Neoptolemus I.

A 1902 map showing the ancient region of Epirus. By Heinrich Kiepert – Heinrich Kiepert: Atlas antiquus. 12. Aufl. Berlin 1902, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3476554

Echoes of Alexander 2- A Shadow over India

India would be one of the last bastions of the Hellenistic kingdoms, which would survive for forty years after the collapse of Ptolemaic Egypt. However, the shadow Alexander the Great cast over the subcontinent would extend further than mere territory. From religion to cosmology, the influence left by the Yavanas would be profound…

Sources for this episode: 1) Author unknown, Wikipedia (date unknown), Alexander the Great (online) [Accessed 25/03/2021]. 2) Author unknown, Wikipedia (date unknown), Bodhisattva (online) [Accessed 25/03/2021]. 3) Author unknown, Wikipedia (date unknown), Menander I (online) [Accessed 25/03/2021]. 4) Author unknown, Wikipedia (date unknown), Milinda Panha (online) [Accessed 25/03/2021].

A statue of the Buddha in the fused Greco-Buddhist style, from around the 1st to 2nd centuries CE. Apparently, this style may have been influenced by Greek portrayals of Apollo. Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=89740. Image cropped from the original.