Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Drachma of Alexander the Great
Alexander the Great, as depicted on a silver drachma coin issued early in his reign. Alexander is shown here wearing the lion’s head helmet that was traditionally worn by the demi-god Herakles (Hercules). The Macedonian royal family claimed to be descended from Herakles. Never before had a mortal been portrayed on a coin. The move by Alexander was a bold departure from tradition.
from "Alexander the Great at the Battle of the Granicus" by Rupert Matthews.
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