Bronze Portrait Of Alexander The Great Unearthed In Denmark

The tiny portrait dates back to around 200 CE, aligning with the reign of Roman Emperor Caracalla (198-217 CE), who is believed to have been a staunch admirer of Alexander
An 1800-year-old mini portrait of Alexander the Great has been found in Denmark
An 1800-year-old mini portrait of Alexander the Great has been found in Denmark archeohistories/X

In a field outside Ringsted, a city on Zealand island, Denmark, metal detectors Finn Ibsen and Lars Danielsen unearthed a small bronze portrait of Alexander the Great. The discovery, a 2.7-centimeter diameter bronze alloy bracket, was turned over to Museum West Zealand, as per local media reports.

Dating back to around 200 CE, the miniature portrait coincides with the reign of Roman Emperor Caracalla (198-217 CE), known for his fascination with Alexander the Great. Caracalla, who believed himself to be the reincarnation of the legendary conqueror, often emulated his style and imagery. Notably, he was the sole emperor of his time depicted with a shield bearing Alexander's portrait.

Alexander the Great (356-323 BCE) remains a towering figure, renowned for his military prowess and vast empire from Greece to India. His legacy endured for centuries, influencing subsequent rulers, particularly Caracalla. Interestingly, a similar portrait of Alexander adorns a decorative disc found on a shield recovered from Illerup Ådal near Skanderborg, Denmark. This archaeological site, renowned for its sacrificial offerings, unveiled artefacts, including shields adorned with portraits akin to the newly discovered mount from Ringsted. One such shield fitting from Illerup Ådal is currently showcased at the Moesgård Museum.

About Zealand

Renowned for its rich history and picturesque countryside, Zealand offers visitors an array of experiences to explore. Copenhagen, the capital city on Zealand's eastern coast, is a bustling metropolis where past and present converge seamlessly. Visitors can marvel at iconic landmarks such as the colourful Nyhavn waterfront, the historic Tivoli Gardens amusement park, and the Amalienborg and Christiansborg royal palaces.

Beyond Copenhagen, Zealand's countryside beckons with its idyllic villages, rolling farmland, and coastal towns. The island is dotted with historic castles and manor houses, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kronborg Castle in Helsingør, famed for its association with Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Nature lovers will delight in Zealand's diverse landscapes, from the Stevns Klint's white cliffs to the Roskilde Fjord's shores. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the island's extensive hiking and cycling trails or embark on a scenic boat tour along its winding waterways. Zealand also boasts a thriving culinary scene, with farm-to-table restaurants showcasing the best Danish cuisine, including fresh seafood, artisanal cheeses, and mouthwatering pastries.

(With inputs from local media reports and Vest Museum, Denmark)

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