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Alexander the Great Gedrosia by AlexanderAeternus Alexander the Great Gedrosia by AlexanderAeternus
Among Tom Lovell's masterful paintings of Alexander the great. "'Noblest achievement of Alexander', judged the Roman author, Arrian, was sharing with his men 60 days of misery on the Baluchistan Desert. Offered a helmetful of precious water, the Macedonian king poured it out, showing that he would suffer with his troops. Homeward bound, Alexander had hoped to set up supply depots for his fleet, sailing along the coast. But guides lost their way. Pack animals sank in the sand. Men perished of thirst." ("In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great" by Helen and Frank Schreider in National Geographic Vol.133.No.1 January 1968).
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jelk1 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Love this painting. The mark-making/brush-strokes and light in this work are superb. I've always found Alexander a fascinating man.
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AlexanderAeternus Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
I am so glad you like it...I have had this image stored in a diary for three decades and thought to scan it and share it here, as well as the other Tom Lovell work (Alexander crossing the Hellespont) that is in my gallery. I am a major ATG fan, having written a novel about him. :)
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NikChomp Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ohhh i remember learning about this in history class!
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Joaquin1974 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
We are often skeptical about what we think impossible ... because we know unable to do, for good or evil. Personally, I thought the taming of Bucephalus was pure legend, until I met someone expert to convey calm wild horses with gestures, voice and projected energy. Even in the deserts we can find not only water, but also flora and fauna.
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epeescrub Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
This story is something I've wondered about all these years: If he's just going to waste it, I'm sure the soldiers would have LOVED a drink themselves. It proves a point, I suppose. Tthough how many men should die to prove a point? In history, a lot.) A very dramatic and striking painting, thanks for posting.
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AlexanderAeternus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
I think the story to be invented for dramatic effect, to exaggerate Alexander. I don't believe Alexander to have done something like that. Seriously, where did the water come from? I think it is legend. I just love the painting.
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Joaquin1974 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
We are often skeptical about what we think impossible ... because we know unable to do, for good or evil. Personally, I thought the taming of Bucephalus was pure legend, until I met someone expert to convey calm wild horses with gestures, voice and projected energy. Even in the deserts we can find not only water, but also flora and fauna.
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