Jun 27, 2016

RhoDeo 1626 Alexander 2

Hello,  as British politics is in a meltdown after the referendum and both main parties look like splitting currently, there's now two more sides strongly disliking each other. Nobody really wants to preside over the brexit and consequently likely brake up of the UK as Scotland made it clear they'll have none of that and even Northern Ireland's protestants will seriously have to consider if they are willing to pay a possibly hefty price staying with the Westminster mess instead of joining Ireland and the EU, the majority for that is already there, if not the willingness to reignite the flames of the past....

The Euro's had a much better day today, clear wins for Germany and Belgium, France much be glad they still have another match to go before they meet a really top team because thusfar they haven't been convincing..

Over at the Copa the final is being played between Argentina and the holders Chili, after 37 minutes it was 10 against 10, Messi scored thusfar 5 yellows against him, the Chileans seem to be on Red Bull whilst the Argentinians make do with tepid Mate (Tea). Seriously having too many players from the Premier League clearly takes a toll. The Chileans are a fanatic bunch that have kept running for 120 minutes, respect. And with Bravo (Barcelona's) they have a great keeper. Sadly the 82,000 didn't get any goals but they do get 10 penalties. Vidal-miss, Messi-miss, Biglia-miss Chili wins the Copa again exactly the same way they did the last time around.

To top it all off tonight the final episode of the penultimate season of Game Of Thrones and John still knows nothing...

Today the 2nd part of an historical six-part radio dramatization  about one of history's greatest and beloved conquerors. ..N'Joy

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The Macedonian conqueror, Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) was incontestably one of the greatest military generals of all time. From the time he sacked Thebes and crossed the Hellespont to his death 11 years later, he conquered the entire Persian empire, including Tyre, Egypt and Babylon, and moved on to the present-day northern India and Afghanistan. Though Alexander made use of the well-oiled army created by his father, he pushed the limits of Macedonian and Greek power to levels even his father, King Philip II of Macedon, could not have dreamed of.

Alexander's conquests paved the way for the spread of Greek culture (facilitating the spread of Christianity centuries later), and removed many of the obstacles that might have prevented the expansion of the Roman Empire. In other words, the world we know today might never have been if not for Alexander's bloody, yet unifying, conquest. Music composed and played by Wilfredo Acosta Directed by Glyn Dearman

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A six-part radio dramatisation of the life of Alexander the Great

With today;

Michael Maloney - Alexander
Sam Crane - The Young Alexander
Alex Jennings - Hephaestion
Gary King - The Young Hephaestion
Barry Foster - The Spirit of Achilles
Simon Ward - The Spirit of Patroclus
Brian Cox - King Philip II of Macedon
Geraldine James - Queen Olympias
John Moffatt - Aristotle
Malcolm Sinclair - Demosthenes
Keith Drinkel - Lysimachus
John Webb - Leonidas
Julian Rhind-Tutt  - Ptolemy
Michael Onslow - Philotas
James Telfer [Pausanias], David Thorpe - Ascanius
Barry J. Gordon - Antaeus
John Evitts - Democritus

Alexander 02 I am also Alexander (mp3  51mb)

02 I am also Alexander 56:49

Seven years have past since Alexander, the new Prince of Macedon, was born. His first teacher was Leonidas, a relative of Olympias. Leonidas instilled in Alexander his ascetic nature for which he became famous during his future campaigns; he lived simply, in a Spartan way, eating and sleeping together with his troops. Leonidas was replaced with Lysimachus, who taught Prince Alexander to play the lyre, and to appreciate the arts. He loved Homer, and always slept with a copy of the Iliad under his pillow. His motto being: 'Always to be best; eclipse all other men'.

The years have also brought Hephaestion, the new 'Patroclus', to Pella.

It is early spring 346 B.C. An embassy from Athens has come to Pella, King Philip's capital in southern Macedonia, seeking peace with Philip, King of Macedon. Among the envoys, the orator of the poison tongue, Demosthenes.

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Alexander 01 The King's Son (mp3  51mb)

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