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In our blog we publish short articles related to internet finds, news from the group, and projects our members are currently working on.

Throwback Thursday - Websites

Submitted by Perdikkas on 23/02/2017, on 9:46 pm

As reenactors, we are used to look back into the past. Today, I plan to look into the past of our own group, instead of looking at ancient Greece. I copied the concept of throwback Thursday from the excellent group Sorores Historiae, where they present pictures from their first events. Since I discovered I had backups of the very first version of our website, I present to you the Throwback Thursday Website Edition.

v1 from 2005 to 2008

This version of our site was online from November of 2005 to August 2008. It was created even before I joined the Hetairoi, and before I got into web-development. It was developed by a fellow reenactor.

Teaching an new dog old tricks

Submitted by Perdikkas on 18/02/2017, on 8:31 pm

Whoops, what is going on here? Everything looks strange. Yes, that is actually on purpose. The last version of our website started to become a bit out-dated, and so it was high time for a rebrush. Since our old website was already quite good, it would not be that much work, right? Well, actually instead of teaching the old dog new tricks, I went and got a new dog to behave pretty much like the old one, and then taught him the following new tricks.

Net find: youtube Channel about the Wars of the Diadochi

Submitted by Perdikkas on 16/02/2017, on 5:56 pm

The wars of the Diadochi are a very intriguing episode in Greek history, which doesn't get as much recognition, as it deserves. After the death of Alexander the Great his most trusted advisors and generals struggled for hegemony over his vast empire, which he left behind without naming an successor. Over almost half a century, they were plotting against each other, ordered assassinations, or flat out waged war, always looking to extend the area of influence they had left. In the end, the political landscape stabilized, and the dynasties of the Antigonids in Macedonia, the Ptolemies in Egypt, and the Seleucids in Syria, emerged from the conflict.

Experiments with Hellenistic Cuisine - Part 2

Submitted by Perdikkas on 29/01/2017, on 11:08 pm

After our first experiment went so well, we were at it again to try out new Hellenisitc recipes. This time on the menu: salt-meat stew and cabbage in the Athenian way.

Contrary to last time, we did not freely interpret our own recipes, but went with complete recipes from the following book:

  • The classical cookbook by Andrew Dalby and Sally Grainger, Getty Publications

Salt-Meat Stew

Salting meat was an easy method to preserve meat in antiquity. In ancient Greece, the butchering of household animals was closely connected to religious sacrifice , requiring a special butcher, the so-called mageiros. Consequently butchering an animal did not happen often, and when it did, you tried to preserve as much of the animal as possible for future use.

Furniture - Part 1

Submitted by Perdikkas on 25/01/2017, on 1:46 pm

After spending the first five years of Living-History events in a tiny tent, and the next five years in a tent that was a bit larger, but still very small, last year I finally had enough of tripping over all my stuff, when going to bed at night. So I decided to order a larger tent, which I am going to show off at some point in the future, when the weather is nice enough to pitch it in the garden. Now I have enough room in the tent for furniture.

Taking furniture on Living-History events can only be a compromise. We know from ancient sources that furniture existed within tents in military camps, e.g. on Alexander's campaign. However, I think it is safe to assume that this luxury could only be afforded by the higher officers. When we are talking about travelling civilians, I think we can safely say that bringing furniture or even a tent along can be considered unusual.