Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Alexander Sarcophagus

After recently returning from my honeymoon, to Turkey & Greece, I was ask by a number of my friends to see the photos I took of Alexanders Sarcophagus. The photos I took were taken inside the Istanbul Archaeological Museum. I won't indulge to much on the sarcophagus's history, as I'm sure most of the people who view this page will already have a good knowledge of its history. The sarcophagus was discovered 1887 at Sidon and is one of the most important works from antiquity. It however is not that of Alexander the Great but is thought it belong to Abdalonymos, the last king of Sidon. The reliefs pictured, on the six panels, show battle and hunting scenes.

The above series of shots are thought to be that of the Battle of Issus, in 333BC, which shortly after Abdalonymos was given the throne of Sidon.

This shot was taken from one of the short sides of the sarcophagus which shows a hunting scene. The figure in the centre is thought to represent that of Abdalonymos.

The above photo shows another one of the shorter sides. It shows combat between Greeks and Persians during the wars of the Diadochi. The scene is thought to represent that of the battle of Gaza, in 312BC, and is likely where the owner of the sarcophagus died.

The final relief, shown above is thought to represent the murder of Perdiccass, by his officers, after a series of defeats on the Nile River against the forces of Ptolemy. Perdiccass if the figure in the middle and on his knees. The other bearded figure to his right is thought to be that of Alexanders half brother Arrhidaios (Philip III).

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