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Alexander the Great face

The photo does not exist in antiquity, so find out how the look of someone who lived 2,300 years ago? The only way to know, roughly, is to use ancient texts that describe the character in question. If this was described by contemporaries, the better. From here, if the character statues have survived, we must select those traits that are closer to the descriptions of these texts.

Alexander the Great face

Photography by aigialos

Alexander is one of the most important in the history of mankind, and as such has been mentioned in many texts. Few of them however were written in the hero’s life. Most are later stories that blend history and legend with more or less skill, and say very little about the physical appearance of the Macedonian king.

Alexander factions:

According to some sources, Alexander the Great was short in stature, and his body gave off a pleasant smell. His neck was slightly tilted to one shoulder, his chin was round, his eyes clear and bright, her prominent forehead and curly hair falling wildly over his forehead in a style that was fashionable at the time, anastolé Greek name. Alejandro’s voice was strong and clear, and there was something terrible in their attitude. He was courageous, tenacious, frugal and generous, but also angry and violent. Of all these characteristic features are rounded chin and curly hair abundant aspects of the character more times are highlighted in the ancient sources.

The Herma Azara, sculpture created in 330 BC by Lisipo, is considered by scholars as the image closest to the real aspect of Alexander the Great. Furthermore, it is a magnificent bronze work of implementation, created by one of the most important Greek sculptors of antiquity. The figure shows all the features we mentioned earlier, as the curly hair of a young Alexander and confident pose. In the front of the sculpture reads «‘Alexander son of Philip of Macedonia.» In this sculpture remains today a true copy of the bust in marble, made in Roman times. We admire this work in the Louvre museum in Paris.

The famous sculptor lived in the golden age of Alexander the Great, who was the favorite artist and official portrait, depicted in numerous works scattered through the world today. For about five years, all his vast workshop was almost entirely in the service of the Macedonian king. It carved a wide variety of works from the statue of Heracles Epitrapecio, designed to adorn the king’s table, to the series of official portraits. The most spectacular would be enshrined in the great assembly Dion, where Alexander appeared with twenty-five riders, his companions, who died in the battle of the Granicus.

The Great face

Photography by Ian W Scott

Among the other portraits he did Lisipo the monarch, especially includes the Alexander with the spear, praised by several poems and kept in a small back from Egypt (now in the Louvre) and head of the call Herma Azara. In it, the conqueror appears in heroic attitude, completely naked.

Lisipo is because the typical portrayal of Alexander as an inspirational figure, deified, with wild hair, parted lips and looking up. The Herma Azara is a good example, and has survived to this day a Roman copy of the imperial era was found in Tivoli and is preserved in the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Alexander the Great Exhibition in the Louvre:

Today in 2011 the Louvre has a great exhibition dedicated to conquering par excellence. Title «In Search of Alexander the Great», will last well into 2011. After the exhibition will march to Greece, who co-organizes the collection of extraordinary works that make up the exhibition.

It has raised a political storm in that Greece wants to prove to the exposure that Alexander was Greek, while Macedonia has a very different idea about it. It should be noted in any case which many writings, for the Greeks of the time of Alexander the Macedonians were little more than barbarians who lived north of the city / state in Greece, and had little to do with culture and language with other cities. Alexander himself had an almost unintelligible accent for a citizen of Athens, Thebes or Sparta, and nothing but the throne had to quell a rebellion of the Greek cities conquered by his father, with disastrous consequences for Thebes was razed to the ground by order of the Macedonian.

Great importance

Photography by Becante

In any case, the initiative for this exhibition comes from the Paris museum. Some of the works are already present in the permanently exposed Louvre (busts of Alexander the Macedonian and collection of works of his time), and many other works will be brought from northern Greece and Macedonia, such as parts of the Palace Vergina, the remains of the tomb of Philip II (father of Alexander the Great) and other Macedonian tombs of the period.

The French museum sees this exhibition as an event of great importance, and to do their best rooms go, to occupy 1,200 square meters of exhibition.

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