new icn messageflickr-free-ic3d pan white
Alexander Mosaic with Beth | by profzucker
Back to photostream

Alexander Mosaic with Beth

Alexander Mosaic, c. 100 B.C.E., tessera mosaic from the House of the Faun, Pompeii, 8 feet 11 inches x 16 feet 9 inches (this Roman floor mosaic may be based on a lost Hellenistic painting by Philoxenos of Eretria, The Battle of Issus, c. 315 B.C.E.), Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples.


Note on the battle:

Scholars continue to debate whether this mosaic depicts the Battle of Issus in 333 B.C.E. or the Battle of Gaugamela two years later in 331.


Note on the mosaic replica installed in the House of the Faun, Pompeii:

The original mosaic was uncovered at the House of the Faun in 1841 and moved to Naples two years later. A replica mosaic was installed at the House of the Faun in 2005.


Learn More on Smarthistory

1 fave
Taken on July 6, 2012