Alexander the Great: cross-dressing conquerer of the world?

Friday 25 January 2013,

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Tony Spawforth, Newcastle University, examines the claim that Alexander liked to dress as a Greek goddess.

Using evidence from the Museum’s collection, drawing fascinating conclusions about Alexander’s kingship and the ‘controlled misreading’ of his use of imagery by hostile contemporaries.

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Marble portrait of Alexander the Great, Hellenistic Greek, 2nd-1st century BC. Said to be from Alexandria, Egypt.