Few institutions from Antiquity are as iconic as the Great Library of Alexandria. However, popular knowledge about the Library often amounts to little more than myth.
From Pompeii comes one of the masterpieces of the ancient world: a mosaic depicting Alexander’s forces defeating those of King Darius III.
In this article, we look at another example of the topos of Persian leaders ignoring a (non-Persian) adviser, only to be proven wrong in not heeding their council.
An interesting, if perhaps not highly informative ancient object, is the so-called Alexander Sarcophagus.