Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Exhibition on the myth of Alexander the Great

AT THE BRITISH LIBRARY: How did Alexander become ‘the Great’? A new exhibition explores the making of a myth (Ursula Sims-Williams, HT Rogue Classicism.
The exhibition, however, is not about history, but the first of its kind to explore 2,000 years of storytelling and mythmaking. With objects from 25 countries in 21 languages, it shows how one figure could serve so many purposes, creating shared narratives of universal appeal. The Alexander Romance, composed originally in Greek in the third century AD, was at the heart of this storytelling. But legends also found their way into epic poetry and drama, and more recently into novels, comics, films and video games. You will see examples of all of these in the exhibition.
It opens on 21 October.

For many PaleoJudaica posts on Alexander and his connection with ancient Jewish traditions, start here and follow the links. For posts on the Alexander Romance, see here and links.

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