CLAS 3230 - Alexander the Great - Harris

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Art, Hellenistic Alexander, the Great, 356 B.C.-323 B.C.
Sculpture, Hellenistic Alexander, the Great, 356 B.C.-323 B.C. Romances
Architecture Hellenistic Philip II, King of Macedonia, 382 B.C.-336 B.C.
Macedonia History To 168 B.C. Greece History Macedonian Expansion, 359-323 B.C.

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Alexander the Great

Portrait of Alexander the Great (356-323 BC), called "Hermes Azara"

Roman, Imperial (1st-2nd century AD)
Provenance: Tivoli (east of Rome), Italy

Musée du Louvre