Tetradrachm (Coin) Portraying Alexander the Great

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

361/281 BC, issued by King Lysimachus of Thrace

Artist:

Greek

About this artwork

Before leaving Egypt on his way to conquer Persia, Alexander visited the sanctuary of Amon, at the desert oasis of Siwa. According to legend, the oracle told Alexander that thesky god Zeus was his father. Since Amon and Zeus had become a joint deity, it was fitting for Alexander to publicize his relationship to the new god by wearing Amon’s symbol, the ram’s horn, curling around his ear. It did no harm to Alexander to be known by his troops and his enemies as the son of a god.

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Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Tetradrachm (Coin) Portraying Alexander the Great

Origin

Roman Empire

Date

361 BC–281 BC

Medium

Silver

Dimensions

Diam. 2.7 cm; 15.48 g

Credit Line

Gift of William F. Dunham

Reference Number

1920.733

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