The immortal Alexander the Great: The Myth, the reality, his journey, his legacy.

Alexander hunting a wild boar, 1st century AD, Hermitage State Museum, St Petersburg, Russia
Alexander hunting a wild boar, 1st century AD, Hermitage State Museum, St Petersburg, Russia

No ruler in antiquity appeals to the imagination as much as Alexander the Great (356 BC – 323 BC, king from 336 BC). From his youth he inspired the people around him. During his campaigns in the East, Alexander went in search of the origins of Dionysus, who, according to the ancient Greeks, came from the exotic East, possibly India. Alexander followed in Dionysus’s footsteps and reached many countries: Egypt, Syria, Bactria, Persia, India and Mongolia. Everywhere he founded new capitals and named them all Alexandria. He left behind a legacy of Greek culture in the form of Hellenism.

His fame lived on, long after antiquity. He was an example to many European, Russian and Islamic rulers. Paintings, tapestries and decorative art depicted Alexander’s life and history. The exhibition covers all these aspects, with objects from classical antiquity to the modern age, of Western and non-Western origins.

Comments and reviews

Nobody has written any comments or reviews yet. Why not be the first to have your say?

Write a comment or review

Contact information

Location
Hermitage Amsterdam
Address
Hermitage Amsterdam
Amstel 51
Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Website
www.hermitage.nl

Map

Get the App!