photo sharing and upload picture albums photo forums search pictures popular photos photography help login
Dick Osseman | all galleries >> Istanbul >> Museums - Müzeler >> Istanbul archaeology museum >> Ancient Sarcophagi >> Alexander sarcophagus > Alexander Sarcophagus battle
previous | next

Alexander Sarcophagus battle

view map

The Alexander sarcophagus (which represents Alexander, but is not “his” sarcophagus, that one was in Alexandria and has been lost) is the most important find in the museum, and beautiful. It’s from the late 4th century BC, from Sidon. It is supposed to have been the sarcophagus in which a Phoenician King, Abdalonymnos, was laid to rest.

On one long side a battle by Alexander is represented, fighting the Persians, maybe it is the Issus battle (333 BC). Alexander can be recognized in the far left, wearing a lions skin head, like Heracles wore after he killed the Nemean Lion.

Here you see a Persian soldier aiming an arrow. Originally he would have had a metal bow and arrow in his hand, but such ornaments have been taken by plunderers.

other sizes: small medium large original auto
comment | share