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Adriv



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2006 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Too old to be Alexander, besides he's ugly.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2006 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Adriv,
Adriv wrote:
Too old to be Alexander, besides he's ugly.

I don't think he is that ugly and has looks reminiscant of the rather stern looking Herme Azara. I find the photo somewhat wierd, if anything...it makes me wonder 'if there was a photo of Alexander - what would he actually look like...?'
Alex by the time he was 30 would probably have lost some of his earlier good looks and it was said he had wrinkles on his forehead...... Wink The stress of the life he led would have taken its toll The business of the Gedrosia Desert, his chest wound and then Hephaestion's passing would have left him looking absolutely drained and haggard and as Mary Renault said, with grey hairs.....it was not easy for Alexander being Great at times.....!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2006 1:37 pm    Post subject: Is this the head of Alexander? Reply with quote

Unfortunately, not the real head...but that of a statue found near Baalbeck, that probably dates to the Roman period.
Archaeologists also think it could depict Helios, who as we all know, was often modelled on Alexander in the later period.... Wink
http://www.naharnet.com/domino/tn/NewsDesk.nsf/0/9100870EFE68B1F4C22571A4002BF13F?OpenDocument
This site in Arabic script has a couple more photographs....
http://www.annaharonline.com/htd/BEAA060707.HTM
What do you think...?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So out of all these images which one is supposed to be the most realistic to life?
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apelles



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi and welcome.


It,s difficult to pick one image of Alexander which is true to life partly because he controlled his own image closely and many of his portraits were probably idealised.But I think this may be as true as we can get.It seems to me to have all those characteristics described such as the intense eyes,sensitive mouth, long hair and way of holding his head to one side.I think it,s really beautiful and this is how I picture him towards the end of his life as a mature man.It looks to me to show the incredible strains he must have gone through,but even with the lined forhead and so on,he,s very striking,don,t you think?
I hope this helps a little.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 1:04 am    Post subject: Johnny Shumate portrait Reply with quote

A rather nice portrait by Johnny Shumate....
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder why he used purple Confused
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adriv wrote:
I wonder why he used purple Confused

I thought it was the colour the Macedonians wore, maybe more of a lilac...it is the linothorax I am not sure about.... Shocked
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first picture (who is that of?) looked British, the second Austrian. Laughing I think people try too hard with the hair.
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