Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Tetradrachm for your Thoughts

Here's a portrait of Alexander the Great as Zeus Ammon (check out the ram's horns, symbolizing divinity) on a silver tetradrachm of Lysimachus, 297–281 bc, thought to be a copy of a portrait by Lysippus; in the British Museum. Diameter 30 mm. Click on the Encyclopedia Britannica for more.

According to Wikipedia, "Lysippus' sculpture, which is opposite to his often vigorous portrayal, especially in coinage of the time, is thought to be the most faithful depiction of Alexander."

Courtesy of the trustees of the British Museum; photograph, J.R. Freeman & Co. Ltd.


Cheryl said...

I thoroughly enjoyed your book! I plan to re-read it as I was inclined to race through it to satisfy my curiousity. There is one part of the book that I am trying to reconcile - on page 245 Herpyllis tells Aristotle that she went to work for her mother after he left home and she (I am understanding this to be his mother)sent her to him when he married. I thought that you had Aristotle leave home after the death of his parents. Am I confused?

I am looking forward to reading your earlier books.
Cheryl (also in New West)

Annabel Lyon said...

Cheryl, you should be a copy editor! (Maybe you are!) That's a mistake on my part, a little leftover bit from an earlier draft, before I realized Aristotle's guardian was his sister's husband, and so assumed his parents must have died when he was young. Thank you so much for pointing this out. I've just e-mailed my editor to ask if we can fix it in the paperback edition. Ack! Thank you again! (Come find me on Facebook if you like and I'll get a corrected version to you once it's out).