>Alexander the Great: The Sexy Conqueror

>Image: The carved head of Alexander the Great

In a previous post, I wrote about the gemstone carved with the head portrait of Alexander the Great. According to archaeologists, the gemstone is about 2,300 old, probably carved after the Alexander’s death in 323 B.C.

The gemstone was found at a large building from the Hellenistic period located at Tel Dor, “an archaeological site that once was a major port on Israel’s Mediterranean coast.”

Discovery News has a good article on the gemstone engraved with the image of Alexander the Great. The article emphasizes the “young, resolute, sexy Alexander the Great.”

According to the article, the village of Dor “was indeed known to Alexander the Great, who passed through there in 332 B.C. on his way to Egypt. The people of Dor submitted to Alexander without resistance and remained a center of Greek culture in Israel for about two centuries, until it was conquered by Alexander Jannaeus, King of Judea, in 100 B.C.”

The article says that the image presents “A compelling evidence of exquisite Hellenistic minor art, the carving shows a head in left profile, with rather sexy features: wavy locks of hair, wide, deep-set eyes with an intense stare, high brows and fine-cut neck.”

You can read the article here.

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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2 Responses to >Alexander the Great: The Sexy Conqueror

  1. teldor says:

    >Dear Dr. MariottiniThe exquisite gemstone of Alexander the great that captured your attention, as seen in you website, is only the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, of one of the largest, long lasting and high profile archaeological projects in Israel. If you care about the archaeology of biblical times (Israelites, Phoenicians and Sea People), the Classical periods, and the cultural heritage of Israel and the Mediterranean; and if you are interested in forging a bond between Israel and the international community – please take a moment to look at the attached file. Like almost cultural projects around the globe, we need your help to endure. We would be grateful if you could pass this message to any other interested parties. Sincerely, Dr. Ilan Sharon,Institute of Archaeology , Hebrew University JerusalemMt. Scopus , Jerusalem 91905Tel. 972-2-2881304Sharon@ huji.ac.il Dr. Ayelet GilboaChair, Dept. of Archaeology, University of Haifa, Mount Carmel,Haifa 31905, IsraelTel: 972-4-8240234, 972-4-8240531agilboa@research.haifa.ac.il Tel Dor website: dor-proj@mscc.huji.ac.il Tel Dor has also a facebook wall, you are welcome to visit us


  2. >Dear Dr. Sharon,Thank you for this information. Unfortunately there was no file attached to your email.Please, send the file in another email. I will read the information and pass it along to others.Claude Mariottini


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