Tuesday, September 06, 2005

GOING TO POMPEII?

Remember that wonderful mosaic that's in every Alexander the Great book? The mosaic depicted the decisive moment in Alexander's Persian campaign that showed Alexander (on the right) confronting King Darius III ( on the left). It was found at Pompeii in the House of the Faun. Well, it's to be returned shortly -- although it is a copy, it is faithful in its form, materials, size and colors to the original mosaic. The Ravenna International Mosaic Study Centre used 3 million mosaic pieces and thousands of support panels to complete the clone that will be placed on the pavement of the building. The mosaic was based on a painting attributed to Philoxenos of Eretria for King Cassandrus at the end of the 4th century BC. The original is in the National Archaeological Museum of Naples. You can see the picture of the two in battle at http://www.ancientbattles.com/Darius/darius_chariot.htm

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