Book of Alexander Sarcophagus - PASINLI, ALPAY

Book of Alexander Sarcophagus


Yayınevi: A Turizm

Yayın tarihi: 07/1997

ISBN: 9789757199793

İngilizce | 64 Sayfa |

Tür: Arkeoloji

This small art book, after an introduction of the Royal Necropolis of Sidon, examines the faces and finally the lid of the Alexander Sarcophagus in detail. At the end of the book its decorative style and ornamentation is described.

The Alexander Sarcophagus has been a major attraction of the İstanbul Archaeological Museum ever since it was founded in the late nineteenth century. Although named after Alexander the Great, the sarcophagus was not his, but was probably that of Abdalonymos, the last king of Sidon (Saida).

Abdalonymos owed his throne to Alexander and the latter's close friend and general, Hephaistion. The subject matter of the reliefs decorating the sarcophagus suggests that Abdalonymos was here commemorating his benefactors; the sarcophagus thus takes its name, not from the ruler who commissioned it, but from its iconography.

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