Amphipolis tomb, the video game?

I didn't know video games were back - that phrasing takes me back to that golden age of Atari ... Nostalgia is great, but it ain't what it used to be, so I'm going to move on to the bloody brilliant news that another archaeologist's work has been made into a game. ComicCon here we come!

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  3. Look at this http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/87/Sodomar_-_Marriage_of_Alexander_and_Roxana_-_c._1517.jpg in this painting you can see Amphipolis with the bridge and of course the Tomb with the lion on top (Aetion, was a celebrated Greek painter spoken of by Lucian,[1] who gives a description of one of his pictures, representing the marriage of Alexander and Roxana.
    I dont really know if its true ........i found it here http://empedotimos.blogspot.gr/

  4. What can be seen is the Rock of Ariamazes (aka The Sogdian Rock) where Roxane was captured; unsurprisingly looking like an Italian mountain village and two mediaeval bridges with a water-mill. I can find no trace of a Lion monument. Besides Sodoma did not base his painting on the original by Aetion, which was long lost, but on the description by Lucian which yet survives!

  5. I can tell you that the whole discussion about Rubens started after a post here: http://politismos-kai-skepseis.blogspot.gr/2014/10/peter-paul-rubens.html

    In case Google translate does not help, the author speculates about the presence of what looks like sphinxes under a circular table, while the foot of the table looks like an arrow pointing into something. Then he looked at the carpet (higher-res here: http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/ZoomImage.aspx?image=/LotFinderImages/D52875/D5287520) and suggested that there is a part it reminds him how the Strymon river "turns" almost 180 deg. There are more arguments in the text, but the whole thing made people started looking into Ruben's artwork and discovered also this:

    http://uploads8.wikiart.org/images/peter-paul-rubens/mars-and-rhea-silvia.jpg (arrow + sphinxes again etc.) and the story goes on. The fact that Rubens work has references to Aetion made some people wonder.

    This could all be just misleading coincidences, but it is anyway interesting how hard people are trying to look for references to the Amphipolis tomb.

  6. Aetion was a citizen of Amphipolis, maybe in his paintings there are elements from this city, which were in the description of Lucian.......?

  7. Here is the Lucian, 'Herodotos or Aetion' 5

    However, I need not have cited ancient rhetoricians, historians, and chroniclers like these; in quite recent times the painter Aëtion is said to have brought his picture, Nuptials of Roxana and Alexander, to exhibit at Olympia; and Proxenides, High Steward of the Games on the occasion, was so delighted with his genius that he gave him his daughter.

    It must have been a very wonderful picture, I think I hear5 some one say, to make the High Steward give his daughter to a stranger. Well, I have seen it--it is now in Italy--, so I can tell you. A fair chamber, with the bridal bed in it; Roxana seated--and a great beauty she is--with downcast eyes, troubled by the presence of Alexander, who is standing. Several smiling Loves; one stands behind Roxana, pulling away the veil on her head to show her to Alexander; another obsequiously draws off her sandal, suggesting bed-time; a third has hold of Alexander's mantle, and is dragging him with all his might towards Roxana. The King is offering her a garland, and by him as supporter and groom's-man is Hephaestion, holding a lighted torch and leaning on a very lovely boy; this is Hymenaeus, I conjecture, for there are no letters to show. On the other side of the picture, more Loves playing among Alexander's armour; two are carrying his spear, as porters do a heavy beam; two more grasp the handles of the shield, tugging it along with another reclining on it, playing king, I suppose; and then another has got into the breast-plate, which lies hollow part upwards; he is in ambush, and will give the royal equipage a good fright when it comes within reach.

    All this is not idle fancy, on which the painter has been6 lavishing needless pains; he is hinting that Alexander has also another love, in War; though he loves Roxana, he does not forget his armour. And, by the way, there was some extra nuptial virtue in the picture itself, outside the realm of fancy; for it did Aëtion's wooing for him. He departed with a wedding of his own as a sort of pendant to that of Alexander; his groom's-man was the King; and the price of his marriage-piece was a marriage

    This painter was 2nd century BC aka Echion, origins unsure, the Aetion from Amphipolis was a sculptor of the third century BC

  8. Now if I can get the image of that book cover out of my headhttp://www.atlantarebath.com/


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