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Old December 25th, 2009, 06:12 AM   #1

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I am curios how Alexander face look like: -shape of his nose -color of his eyes -color of his hair -did he have curly hair? Please share some information based on some history documents, also i like to hear your personal opinion. I apreciate all coments... THANK YOU!!!
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Old December 25th, 2009, 07:07 AM   #2
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Straight nose, tanned skin, black wavy hair and (probably) brown eyes. He looked similar to the modern-day Greeks, not the blond "Aryan" action hero created by Hollywood. Fair skin was a Germanic and Celtic trait.
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Old December 25th, 2009, 07:49 AM   #3

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Check out some of the busts of him, they are thought to be farily accurate, although busts of course were often idealized. You can be assured that he at least looked somewhat like he does in them. (there is also the Alexander Mosaic)

I'd post some but you can just google image search it and tons will come up! It's a starting point anyway. After the art we have the literature to go off of.
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Old December 25th, 2009, 08:46 AM   #4

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I know the Mozaic, it is made by Apelles, and i also know some statue with him, but the most part of the bust are made after he died.
The mosaic depicts a battle during which Alexander faced and attempted to capture or kill Darius. Both the Battle of Issus of 333 BC and the Battle of Gaugamela in 331 BC fulfill these criteria, though the first is traditionally held to be likely.

I'm curios if i there any bust made by a contemporary artist with him like Lisip.
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Old December 25th, 2009, 08:47 AM   #5

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Straight nose, tanned skin, black wavy hair and (probably) brown eyes. He looked similar to the modern-day Greeks, not the blond "Aryan" action hero created by Hollywood. Fair skin was a Germanic and Celtic trait.

He had really white skin, I remember reading in biography by Peter Green. Where did you get your info that he was tan like modern day Greeks?
And look at avatar of Alex III, that's dirty blonde. There is also the description that one eye was blue, the other black
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He had really white skin, I remember reading in biography by Peter Green. Where did you get your info that he was tan like modern day Greeks?
And look at avatar of Alex III, that's dirty blonde. There is also the description that one eye was blue, the other black
Looks black to me. And his skin is definitely tan in that picture.
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Old December 25th, 2009, 06:18 PM   #7

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Some source says he was fair skinned. I can't remember who it was now. But given that he was on campaign in the sun all those years no wonder his skin would haven gotten a tan. It's natural, no sunscreens back then

His hair might have been brown, light brown or something like dirty blond. The Alexander mosaic- I consider it to be an accurate depiction of him- really perplexes me sometimes and I don't know what hair colour it is supposed to represent. Sometimes it seems to me that it had a reddish tone to it (?)

As far as his other characteristics are concerned. He had a high bridged nose, a prominent chin and some say he smelled good( was wearing perfumes maybe?). He was also athletic, even though he was a shorty. Many make him around 5.6-5.7 today.

I don't think he was that blond as portrayed in modern popular culture( see the Stone and other films or even in novels). He must have been more the med type. He was no Celt or Viking. So this means the Colin Farrell hair experiment was a failure in the movie imo.

In conclusion. He must have been good looking man irl, and even if he was no Adonis, I think he must have been charming

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Old December 25th, 2009, 09:38 PM   #8

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He had really white skin, I remember reading in biography by Peter Green. Where did you get your info that he was tan like modern day Greeks?
And look at avatar of Alex III, that's dirty blonde. There is also the description that one eye was blue, the other black
From Alex III's avatar he looks like he has brown hair, brown eyes, and tanned skin which is a good description of a modern day Greek or anyone from the Mediterranean region.
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Old December 25th, 2009, 10:18 PM   #9

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If the picture on Alex's Avatar cant be trusted, I dont know what can..... I would just stick with the picture lol
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Old December 26th, 2009, 11:24 AM   #10

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Lysippos was his official sculptor. I'm attaching a picture of a Roman replica of one of his busts. Some of the classic Lysippian characteristics include parted lips, slightly angled head up and to the side (though this may have been how Alexander's head actually was; he may have had some minor spinal column problems), and hair flipped backward. This became the Lysippian prototype that many rulers used after him. It's important to know that Lysippos was the only sculptor allowed to sculpt Alexander and therefore, it can be hard to tell the exact accuracy of the bust. It was undoubtedly used as propoganda to make him more attractive or godlike, but most ancient sources say he was very good looking and confirm the general look of the sculpture. He was attractive, but not as attractive as Hephaestion. He had messy brownish hair, fair skinned (but agreed, he must have gotten tan in Persia), and was always very clean-shaven. Most of his generals followed this as well, with one exception being Clietus Black who had a full beard. I think he had brown eyes, but I'm not sure. I have also heard the story that his eyes were different colors. Other than that, as you can see form the picture, he had a high-ridged nose, prominent jaw line, and a long face. He was short, but very athletic and muscular.


Hermes Azara (Also look up Alexander with a Lance)

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