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Sean W. Anthony Mar 6
Fascinating update on the Ḏū l-Qarynayn ("the Horned Man") = Alexander the Great front thanks to an amazing discovery reported by C.A. Stewart in “A Byzantine Image of Alexander: Literature in Stone,” Report of the Department of Antiquities Cyprus 2017 (Nicosia 2018): 1-45 ...
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Sean W. Anthony Mar 6
Replying to @shahanSean
The excavations overseen by Dr. Eleni Procopiou at Katalymata ton Plakoton, an Early Byzantine site within the Akrotiri Peninula on Cyprus uncovered a 7th cent. martyrium containing what's being called the "Alexander-Heraclius Stele." It's significant for all sorts of reasons ...
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Michael Kiefer Mar 6
Replying to @shahanSean
I think we should be cautious with dating this stele to the 7th c. If I remember correctly the dating is based on a coin found in a sarcophagus. Excavators claim it could not have been interred after the martyrium was build. But there are reasons to doubt this.
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Sean W. Anthony
Stewart's argument is far more detailed than that. He discusses what he calls "five threads of evidence: functional form, apparent symbols, stylistic elements, relationship within the architectural space, and any contemporary Byzantine documents that relate to its subject matter"
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Michael Kiefer Mar 6
Replying to @shahanSean
Thanks! Will have to look it up.
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