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Battle of Issus Mosaic, circa 100 BC

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  • Designed and Printed in Britain
  • 42cm x 42cm

The Battle of Issus Mosaic is part of a Roman Floor mosaic, which was originally located in the House of the Faun in Pompeii. It was made circa 100 BC and is now preserved in Naples National Archaeological Museum.

This mosaic illustrates a battle between the armies of Alexander the Great and Darius III of Persia, ultimately won by Alexander. Both of them can be seen in the mosaic, and Alexander is wearing a breastplate with the head of Medusa, a reference to the mythological monster. It’s thought to be a copy of a Greek painting made four centuries before, as the style of the mosaic is certainly inspired by Greek art. Volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius protected the mosaic and it is actually one of the best preserved mosaics ever found in Pompeii.

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