Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Who's in the Alexander Sarcophagus?

Originally published July 1, 2009 | The Wall Street Journal | by Judith H. Dobrzynski

This article examines the history of Sidon, ancient past and somewhat recent, and the treasures it has revealed, particularly a fantastically beautiful burial chamber depicting Alexander in battle and at hunt in high-relief, which until recently had been thought to have been Alexander's resting place. Yet, there is still disagreement as to the mystery of the Alexander Sarcophagus, but not to its craftsmanship.

The article goes on to describe the composition and history of each scene depicted on all sides of the sarcophagus, which also depicts Hephaestion among other things and beings. A pictures is provided to give you an idea from where this awe is originating.

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