posted on Aug, 16 2005 @ 02:13 AM
I've seen a similar show where they retraced alexander's warpath from macedon into India. Not exactly easy these days, iran, central asia,
pakistan, israel, egypt, iraq, etc etc.
Its really stunning to think that a person could do all that, back in his day, actually take control of that much land, with that many peoples, and
hold it together for quite a while, whereas the US is having a hell of a time with just parts of iraq. The situation is different, but also the same.
US Tanks have to deal with IEDs, but the macedonian Phalanx had Scythed Chariot attacks and rampaging war elephants to deal with, along with assasins
and guerillas and all that 'good' stuff too. Shows why he's still called 'The Great', I'd think.
As far as biblical archaeology, the surprise is when there is something from the bible that can be confirmed, rather than the other way around.
Our understanding of just what 'israel' was is frustratingly vague, especially in the earlier eras.
I do recall that there was a stele found in arabia, supposedly created by the Moabites, and it recorded a battle fought between them and the
Israelites, which was an independant confirmation of an event in the bible (alas, the nomads who found it firecracked it to find out if there was gold
it in and only a 'rubbing' was preserved. They figured it must have gold in it, supposedly, since europeans were very interested in it or
Another time that somthing in the bible was able to be confirmed was when they found an hitherto secret unground carved tunnel from the days when the
Assyrians assaulted Jerusalem, the tunnel is mentioned in the bible, the city's water supply was camoflagued and the tunnel made to transport water
within the city walls.
There was also an ancient section of the city walls that was found (a tower infact) that had arrow heads at its foot, specifrically Babylonian
arrowheads apparently, and this is thought to be from when the Babylonians attacked the city and carted off the population into the "Babylonian
There, however, lots of other questions. There's no evidence for the Exodus, for example, let alone a pharoah who went off to capture some escaped
slaves (lead by a turncoat court official??) and never returned or anything like that, and I don't think that there is any evidence that the hebrews
aren't 'native' to Israel either.
These are definitly intersting questions however, especially considering that the Semitic languages are thought to be related to the Elamite
languages, and that that group is sometimes thought to be related to whatever was being spoken and written at Harrappa in india-pakistan. The
more southerly 'tamil' languages of india are also thought to be descendants of that 'harrappa' language too. This all might indicate that there
was a diffuse, but still 'cohesive' culture from the jordan to the indus (tho I wouldn't suggest that there was some ancient world spanning
empire that has been forgotten).