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

Possible Sarissa parts from private collection?

Submitted by Perdikkas on 11/06/2017, on 11:15 am

While looking for a new spearhead for my planned dory, I stumbled across this lot on the ancient art traders site Hixenbaugh.

Might this be from a Sarissa according to Prof. Andronikos' theory? In any case it is an amazingly preserved find - provided that it is authentic, of course. Make sure to check out their whole Greek collection, there are some great pictures of fascinating Items in there. I can only imagine what undiscovered treasures slumber in private collections out there.

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.