Alexander the Great is one of the most recognisable figures of the ancient world. He carefully controlled how he wished to be depicted, and the ancient sources tell us that he would sit only for one painter, one sculptor and one engraver. He understood the power of an image to his subjects, and royal iconography, creating a standard for rulers which persisted over several centuries.
This lecture looks at the image of Alexander the Great in antiquity, but also how the exploits and achievements of Alexander would continue to inspire artists over more than two millennia.
In the series:
Oct. 26: The Life and Times of Alexander the Great
Nov. 2: Alexander the Great in Art