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Alexander Mosaic

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The Alexander Mosaic, also known as the Battle of Issus Mosaic, is a Roman floor mosaic originally from the House of the Faun in Pompeii, Italy.

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Alexander Mosaic
ArtistPhiloxenus of Eretria or Apelles (orig. painting)
Yearc.120-100 BC
Dimensions272 cm × 513 cm (8 ft 11 in × 16 ft 8 in)
LocationNational Archaeological Museum, Naples, Italy

It is typically dated between c.120 and 100 B.C.[1] and depicts a battle between the armies of Alexander the Great and Darius III of Persia.[2] This work of art is a combination of different artistic traditions such as Italic, Hellenistic, and Roman. The mosaic is considered "Roman" based on the broader context of its time and location in relation to the later Roman Republic.[1] The original is preserved in the National Archaeological Museum, Naples. The mosaic is believed to be a copy of a late 4th or early 3rd-century BC Hellenistic painting, perhaps by Philoxenus of Eretria or Apelles.[3]

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