Scribo wrote:I seem to have a black humour in that I gave a little wry laugh at your comment...
This is all interesting, as for his motives look out for stuff like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euergetism and conspicuous consumption, how taxes worked in the ancient world etc. I'm dubious of such personal readings like "I love you" in monuments...such a modern idea, for them such private thoughts had more sensible expressions. So it's not exactly contradictory to have killed her and then put up a library if you consider the wider implications of building projects.
mwh wrote:There's an erudite review of the book by Leofranc Holford-Strevens at http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2008/2008-01-44.html
Your scenario seems plausible enough to me, except perhaps for the loyal can-carrying role it assigns Alcimedon. (L.H-Str. makes the point that then, given Herodes' acquittal, "the failure to punish him [Alcimedon] becomes inexplicable even as a favour to Herodes".)
mwh wrote:Suspicion-deflecting smokescreen also likely enough, though there could be more complex psychological reasons for his long-continued and more than conventional expressions of grief (e.g. if he killed her in a momentary fit of anger, unintentionally even, his grief may have been genuine and his remorse may have taken that form?) But the suspicion that he did in fact kill her, however strong, must remain beyond verification, depending as it does on considerations of plausibility, to eikos.
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