Livro novo do Seminário Europeu sobre Metodologia Histórica

GRABBE, L. L. (ed.) Ahab Agonistes: The Rise and Fall of the Omri Dynasty. London: T & T Clark, 2007, 368 p. ISBN 9780567045409

Esta é a mais recente publicação do grupo que compõe o Seminário Europeu sobre Metodologia Histórica (European Seminar on Historical Methodology).

Diz a editora:

In this volume the European Seminar on Historical Methodology uses the period of the 9th and 8th centuries as a field for investigating the question of writing a history of Israel. This period provides a striking example in which the biblical text can be compared with other written and arti-factual sources. Contributors explore a variety of aspects of the history of the period of Omri and Ahab and the following Jehu dynasty. As a volume it provides a comprehensive picture of the sources, the historical problems, and the areas of major debate. Participants discuss such topics as the dating of prophetic texts, the house of Ahab in Chronicles, the Tel Dan inscription, the Mesha inscription, the Jezebel tradition, the archaeology of Iron IIB, the relationship between the biblical text and contemporary sources, and the nature of the Omride state. An introductory chapter summarizes the individual papers and also the relevant section of Mario Liverani’s recent history of the period. A concluding `Reflections on the Debate’ summarizes the issues raised in the papers and provides a perspective on the discussion.

Morte de Alexandre Magno: data e causa

Amanhã, dia 11 – talvez hoje, dia 10, talvez dia 13 – é aniversário da morte de Alexandre Magno, ocorrida na Babilônia em 323 a.C.

Até hoje a causa de sua morte é amplamente debatida. Alexandre morreu de alguma doença transmitida por inseto, de alguma infecção ou teria sido envenenado?

No post Death of Alexander the Great, em Ancient / Classical History, escrito por N. S. Gill, se lê:

Today [10] is the anniversary of the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C. What killed him is still open to debate. An article claiming Alexander the Great could have died of West Nile Virus looks at the type of evidence most historians would overlook, including the fact that there is a swamp near where Alexander died that could have been the breeding grounds for insect-borne diseases. In The Death of Alexander the Great, Paul Doherty looks very carefully at the historical evidence and then concludes that Alexander died from arsenic poisoning.

Como dito acima, há controvérsias quanto à data da morte de Alexandre. Os dias 10, 11 e 13 são defendidos por diferentes especialistas.


Alexander died on 11 June 323 BCE, in the late afternoon; this can be deduced from the Astronomical diaries, a Babylonian source. Several scholars have argued for 13 June and 10 June, but the first of these dates is based on an inaccurate Greek source that uses a confused Egyptian calendar, and the second is based on inaccurate reading of the Astronomical diary.

Leia mais sobre Alexandre, em minha História de Israel, aqui.

Sobre o filme Alexandre, de Oliver Stone, acho que todos ouviram falar, não?