Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Ascension of Alexander the Great!

Many myths and legends have been formed in regards to Alexander the Great, especially after his death. However, I had never heard of the ascension of this great Greek king. The following plaque is to be found in the Museum of Mistra, in the Peloponnese (South Greece). It was first placed in the Perivlepto church, in the city of Mistra.

During the Byzantine epoch, the Ascension of Alexander the Great was depicted in various works of art; in jewellery, leaden seals, earthenware glazed vessels, luxurious objects and marble relief plaques which decorated the exteriors of churches, as the one located in the North side of St. Marks Basilica in Venice, which was looted by the Crusaders during the conquest and sacking of Constantinople in 1204. 

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