“Heracles to Alexander the Great: Treasures from the Royal Capital of Macedon, a Hellenic Kingdom in the Age of Democracy. Ashmolean Museum.” 

Julia Gasper 12 April

The gold head of a MedusaAlexander the Great, the fabled conqueror who vanquished the world and then died young, is one of the most celebrated figures of ancient history, but how much do we know about his kingdom of Macedonia, where his ancestors had ruled for centuries before him? In recent times, there has been intensive excavation in the area, and a royal palace together with many magnificent tombs, has been discovered. It is these which have yielded the treasures in the present exhibition and if we thought Macedonia was merely a military power, we must think again.


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