11 Facts About Alexander Mosaic


Alexander Mosaic defeated him at the Battle of Issus and again two years later at the Battle of Gaugamela.

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Alexander Mosaic is posed in action with his lance in his right arm being warded off by the hand of an enemy cavalryman gripping it on the shaft below its sharp head as his mount tumbles to the ground.

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Alexander Mosaic wears a breastplate with the head of Medusa, a famous Gorgon.

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Alexander Mosaic's hair is typical of Greek royal portraiture that was established in the 4th century BC.

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Alexander Mosaic's costume was rethought and redesigned with a new royal insignia and an emphasis on decadence.

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Scholars believe Alexander Mosaic had a specific notion of what it was to be a king in Asia and to be the Great King, therefore he required his dress to be magnificent to command his new conquered people.

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Alexander Mosaic intended to replace Darius as king of Persia with a highly expanded autocracy while commanding respect and authority.

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Alexander Mosaic is made of about one and a half million tiny colored tiles called tesserae, arranged in gradual curves called opus vermiculatum,.

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Alexander Mosaic is believed to be a copy of a Hellenistic Greek painting made during the 4th century BC.

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The Alexander Mosaic depicts a rich subject narrative of two historical figures engaged in a defining battle.

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Alexander Mosaic was preserved due to the volcanic ash that collected over the mosaic during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the city of Pompeii in 79 AD.

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