– 400 C.E.
Ancient Cultures

Alexander Mosaic

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.

Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

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. In 2003, Severo Bignami and a team from the International Center for the Study and Teaching of Mosaic in Ravenna, began work on a replica mosaic. The project took 22 months and was installed at the House of the Faun in 2005.

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Alexander Mosaic
Pompeii, Italy
c.100 B.C.E. (original painting, c. 315 B.C.E.)
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